Ancillary cop to stand trial

A case against a young ancillary cop attached with the Gordons police station has been sent to the Waigani National Court for trial by the Committal court.

Jefta Monusa of Woginara village in Wewak, East Sepik is facing murder charges in court over the death of man he allegedly assaulted with the assistance of other cops at Gordons market last April.   

Today Magistrate Cosmas Bidar told Monusa in court the evidence against him was enough to show his involvement in the crime, ordering a committal for his case to the National Court for trial.

The ruling came after his lawyer filed submissions in response to police investigation files before the court.

Bidar said Monusa was engaged by police as an initiative to combat petty crimes around Gordons market area when the alleged offense took place.

It was alleged that on April 17 last year, he was at the market at around 4pm or 5pm, when they picked up the victim, Eric Maiya, on allegations he swore at the cops.

Monusa while in the company of five other offices, allegedly used the butt of a gun to hit the victim on the left eye, which caused a cut and heavy bleeding on his head.

The victim was further assaulted and locked up at the police station, severely bleeding from his wounds.

He was released after a day and was later taken by relatives to the hospital for treatment. He died six days later.

A post-mortem revealed he died from the injuries sustained on his left eye and brain.

He is expected to appear in the National Court for listing on February 26.

Sally Pokiton