THE PricewaterhouseCoopers partner who presided over Centro's 2006-07 accounts has denied suggestions he failed to speak up about errors in the group's accounts because he did not want to draw attention to his own faults. On his fifth day under cross-examination during a class action in the Federal Court, Stephen Cougle also denied he tried to ''bury'' one of the errors by putting it in one of the small-print notes at the back of the final accounts. He repeatedly told the court yesterday he was not responsible for auditing Centro's compliance with the Australian Stock Exchange listing rules, so when the error emerged in August 2007 and two senior Centro managers said the company did not plan to disclose it via a statement to the exchange he began to ''ponder'' what else might be done. ''I just thought it was something where I was being constructively proactive in making a suggestion to them [about disclosing it],'' Mr Cougle said. Centro and its auditors are being sued by two sets of shareholders who claim they were misled and deceived because the property group failed to properly disclose it had billions of dollars of debt needing to be refinanced. Mr Cougle has declined to accept any responsibility for the accounting debacle. He has blamed junior staff. He said when one of his PwC colleagues told him in late August that a $1.1 billion bridging loan had been wrongly classified as a long-term debt in the unaudited, preliminary accounts, he suggested Centro might need to disclose it publicly. When Centro declined this idea, he decided one option was to point to the discrepancy in a note to the final accounts. ''I did not try to 'bury' it,'' he said ''I was one of the people trying to do the opposite.''