Court

Soldier in New Year standoff fined

Joe Mondo went before Magistrate Maristella Painap on Thursday for his penalty sentence after he earlier pleaded guilty to the offense.

He was arrested and charged with being in possession of a pistol without a license, a charge under Section 27 (a) of the Firearms Act.

Mondo was has a rank of Lieutenant in the army was told by Magistrate Painap that his actions on New Year’s eve which led to the stand-off between Police and Soldiers at the Boroko Police station did not reflect on his rank.

Wife killer locked away for 13 years

Danny Keko from Mehenav village pleaded guilty to killing his wife, Ekim Danny on April 4, 2015 at the Garden Hills market in Port Moresby.

The incident took place around 7:30pm after a scuffle took place between the couple. Keko then removed a kitchen knife from his wife’s billum and stabbed her in the back as was trying to run away from him. She later died from her stab wounds.

The argument arose over an affair after the woman returned to her husband in 2015.

Andy Bawa’s trial adjourned

The matter was adjourned to Wednesday this week after the State brought to the attention of the court that they received information that one of their witnesses also filed an affidavit or statement for the defence’s case.

This particular state witnesses’ “evidence provides bulk of state's case" and they (state) will now need time to go back and “rework” where they can proceed in light of the new development.

State sought an adjournment because they were "unaware of the contents of the statement”. Bawa’s lawyers refuted saying they are not receive such.

Police investigation not business of court

He said the court should not go into the investigation processes of the police when addressing counsels in court on Monday over the case involving Jiwaka businessman Justin Parker.

He made these comments because of an order that was earlier issued by another court for police to conduct DNA tests on a primary evidence material that will be used in the trial.

ESP woman sentenced four years for flex theft

Glenda Nugai was an employee of Oceania Communication when she conspired with Norman Ilikis to steal K232,000 worth of Digicel flex out of the company.

Deputy Chief Justice on Monday sentenced her to serve a term of four years at Bomana after he found her guilty of the offense on Nov 25, 2016.

The court said that sentence term can be suspended if she repays the amount stolen.

A total of 25 transactions were done by Nugai over a period of three months, from Nov, 21, 2014 to Jan 31, 2015.

Man sentenced 25 years for killing wife

Jeffery Saa was sentenced by the Waigani National Court on Monday after he stabbed his wife in full view of the public on 14 March 2014 at Waikele market, Gerehu Stage 6 following an argument.

The deceased was selling betel nut at the market when she was approached by her husband who was armed with a knife.

Saa stabbed his wife in the back with a knife which penetrated through her chest wall piercing her heart which indicated that a substantial amount of force was exerted to inflict such wound.

Violence, an uncivilised way of problem solving

Men who assault women should not think they will get away lightly.

Domestic violence against women and girls is rampant throughout the world and PNG is no exception as reported in the media every day however, there are lawful avenues to sorting out domestic disputes. 

These were the remarks of Justice Panuel Mogish when imposing a sentence term of 25 years with hard labour to a former employee of the Justice Department, who viciously stabbed his wife to death at the Waikele market at Gerehu stage 6. This followed an argument on 14 March, 2014.

Woman gets 13 years for murder

Julina Henry from Liagam, Porgera will serve a prison term of 12-years, five months and two weeks after her time spend in remand at Bomana was deducted from the head sentence of 13 years.

She was convicted on Aug 25, 2016 for the murder of Naomi Henry, on July 21, 2015 at Wildlife in Port Moresby. Both women were married to the same man.

Justice Panel Mogish in sentencing her said the deceased instigated the attack that led to her demise.

The incident took place around 6:30 that morning after Henry went to her husband’s house looking for her son.

Men acquitted of murder

Jeffery Pitu, Jacob Lais and Newman Upas were charged with the murder of their relative, Matthew Masket on Feb 22, 2015.

Justice Panuel Mogish today acquitted them of the charge because he was of the view that Masket died as a result of the impact of the car crash at the tunnel between Stop N Shop and the RSPCA clinic.

He said this was a case of “who to believe” which the State did not prove beyond reasonable doubt.

Police commended in recovery of money

Justice Panuel Mogish said the recovery of the monies was a result of an intensive and speedy investigation conducted by police.

Robbery was perpetrated on Oct 4, 2013 and 20 days later on Oct 24, 2013, police conducted a raid on the offender’s house at Taurama.

He said these when handing his sentence against 40-year-old Thomas Karo to five years in jail after he deducted three years of time spent in remand and further suspended two years from an initial sentence of 11 years in prison.

Karo received K322, 660 as cash proceeds of crimes for his part in the robbery.