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The real estate agent warned the employee that he would "pay" for reporting suspected frauds, said the judge


November 7, 2018 22:21:33

A Darwin real estate agent, accused of fraud, warned a junior official that he would "pay" to report his suspicions at his seat and that "he was not in the spirit of the Aussie mateship," has heard a court.

Basic points:

  • Chris Deutrom is in trial for allegedly deflecting advertising discounts on his personal account
  • Mr Deutrom warned his colleague that he would "pay" for reporting suspected frauds, said the judge
  • The general manager of NT news reports deleted the advertising agreement at the request of Deutrom

Chris Deutrom is in trial for allegedly diverting advertising discounts from NT News and to his personal accounts in 2015 and 2016 when he managed to run the Elders Darwin property office.

At that time, Matthew Pullman was a sales support officer in the office and also cleaned the office after hours.

Mr Pullman told the jury that he had infringed one of the advertisers paid to Deutrom Pty Ltd's personal account by Mr Deutrom and that he had reported it to the head office.

"There was a suspicion that something was wrong," he said.

He told the jury, Mr Deutrom threw him several times for "aggressive" talks, as the Elders' administration began asking questions.

"There was a comment that I would just have to go back to England if I was unhappy," said Mr Pullman.

"That I do not understand the spirit of the Aussie mateship.

"He basically says he'll find out who's told the headquarters and they'll pay for what they've done."

Mr Pullman said that Mr Deutrom repeatedly stated that he was incapacitated and suggested that he would be punished.

"He continued to say that no one in the industry really liked … and that everyone would say that I was the one who took him for it," he said.

"He repeated that he had constant complaints about me, he said almost daily."

The ad was deleted at the request of Deutrom

The court subsequently heard information from NT News Director General Greg Thomson, who said he had a "business" relationship with Mr Deutrom, and that Mr Niettel's wife, Eleni, was in her senior management newspaper.

Mr Thomson told the court that Mr Deutrom had asked him to delete an advertising agreement, which was in the name of Deutrom Pty Ltd.

"Deutrom told you that it was" high "," the prosecutor David Morters SC suggested to Mr Thomson.

Mr Thomson agreed and admitted that one of the two agreements was deleted at the request of Mr Deutrom.

"We deleted one to make sure we had an account for the Elders," he said.

Mr Thomson initially agreed with Mr Morters 'proposal that the Elders' administration had contacted NT News before Mr Deutrom's request to write off the contract.

In a cross-examination of Mr. Jimmy Tippet QC's lawyer, Mr. Thomson said he can not remember whether this was done before or after the older people's contact with New NT.

"I do not remember if this discussion happened before NT News's contact with Elders," he said.

Mr Tippett told the court that any "cover" proposal was wrong.

Mr Deutrom argued that he was not guilty of eight counts of acquiring a benefit of cheating, amounting to $ 234,000 in return.

The prosecution case is now closed and the trial continues on Thursday.


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