Student on sex charge appears in court

The Grade 12 Port Moresby student who was arrested early this month on allegations he sexually assaulted a minor, has appeared at the Waigani Committal Court after he was allowed bail last week.

He appeared in court on Monday before Magistrate Mekeo Gauli, who read and explained his charge and the allegations against him in court.

The defendant, whose identity is withheld due to the age of the victim, was arrested and charged on allegations that he sexually violated a girl under the age of 16 years at June Valley on Feb 6.

The victim is 14 years old.

He was charged with sexual penetration, under section 229(a) of the Criminal Code act and Sexual offense and Crimes against Children’s act.

He is a student attending one of the schools in the Moresby North-West electorate.

Magistrate Gauli explained to him in court that his case is still fresh at this stage and police will continue their investigations to produce a file in court through the committal court process. If there is enough evidence against him, the case will proceed to the National Court.

He remains on K500 bail, which was granted to him on Feb 20. He is expected to appear back in court on March 20.

Sally Pokiton