Court

No cooperation sees sex assault case drag on

This particular case has been in court since July and the Waigani Committal Court was told the lack of cooperation from complainants in the case has contributed in the matter being prolonged.

Three months is the time frame given to police to investigate cases and produce what is called a hand up brief or investigation files.

Even a record of interview is also yet to be carried out on the 22-year-old defendant, who was accused for sexually assaulting a six year old girl at Five-Mile on six different occasions.

Assault cases involving women on rise

Magistrate Laura Kuvi today said the number of women appearing in court for assault cases in relation to affairs is on the rise.

Her comments today comes after Magistrate Mariestella Painap also raised the same sentiments last Thursday when handing down the sentence against a woman who assaulted another woman on assumptions she was having an affair with her husband.

Magistrate Kuvi said the Boroko District Court sees up to 10 unlawful assault cases a day, all related to fights between women over affairs.  

Men in piracy attack appear in court

From Tatana village; Peter Kavea, Bobby Rarua, Boge Madaha Kevau, Leka Alex Rabia, Tatana Kapia and Nolan Lawrence William went before Magistrate John Kaumi today where their charges were read and explained to them.

The case was adjourned to Nov 22 while police continue their investigations into the incident.

Police will now have three months to produce a hand-up brief to the court and the accused, before the accused’s lawyer can file submissions in response to the investigation files. This has been the practice of the Committal Court process.

Men in piracy attack to appear in court

One of the accused, Peter Kavea of Tatana village briefly appeared at the Bomana District Court sitting today. He is remanded at Bomana while his other five friends are being held at the Waigani Police station cells

He will return to court at Waigani tomorrow together with his other four co-accused; Bobby Rarua, Boge Madaha Kevau, Leka Alex Rabia, Tatana Kapia and Nolan Lawrence William.

Three of the men surrendered themselves to police on Aug 23.

This week in court - Review

After a successful appeal, 42-year-old Taita Prichard from Bereina, Central province who is a naturalized Australian citizen was freed on Thursday.

A three-man Supreme Court bench acquitted her after it upheld her appeal, setting aside her conviction and sentence of 30 years with hard labor.

She was sentenced on Feb 12 this year after the Waigani National Court convicted her on Nov 11, 2015 for planning and using her cousin to murder her former lover, British man John Hulse in 2011 at Napanapa outside Port Moresby.

Court rejects Maybank robber's request

While all his co-accuseds’ cases have been committed to the Waigani National Court for trial, Willie Allan’s case remains at the District court, three years on after he first appeared.

Allan, who was charged with receiving stolen properties, armed robbery and conspiring with others to commit a crime appeared on Friday at the Waigani Committal Court.

Currently remanded at Bomana, Magistrate Cosmas Bidar said his case has unfortunately taken this long in court because Allan had earlier escaped custody before he was captured.

Reckless driver allowed bail

Allen Alex of Korobosea village, NCD went to court on Friday before magistrate Cosmas Bidar.

He was arrested on Oct 5 and charged with dangerous driving causing death after he surrendered himself to police in fear of his life.

Alex was driving a Toyota Coaster Bus along the Sir Hubert Murray Highway on Oct 5 when he lost control of his vehicle and hit a Grade 10 student, Ann Murray Makis opposite SVS 2-mile.

The deceased was walking along the Murray Barracks side of the road when she was hit by the bus and died instantly.

I have never received any inducements or bribes: Sir Michael

Sir Michael in a statement apologized to the people of East Sepik and the country as a whole for the shame and embarrassment caused by a report in Singapore.

The Grand Chief said he will be seeking legal advice on the matter in few days’ time.

“I wish to make this address to the nation of Papua New Guinea in response to recent reports from Singapore.

“A court case has found two persons in Singapore guilty of money laundering offences and subsequently names me as a recipient of some funds.

Ruling on Billy Aki murder case today

A ruling is expected to be made today, Monday, Aug 29 at the Bomana court house after it was adjourned from last week. 

Arrested on January 5 this year and charged for the willful murder of his wife, 38 year old Aki is from Tambul in the Western Highlands province. 

He first appeared in court on January 7 and has been detained at Bomana since. 

It is alleged he assaulted his wife at the Kone Tigers oval in the view of onlookers following an argument on December 26, around 3pm last year. 

Police called on to improve criminal procedures

He made the statements today after the Committal Court formally dismissed his case on three counts involving allegations that he tried to pervert the course of justice when he consented to a stay application to stop the arrest of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for official corruption on June 17, 2014.

He said police must improve the Criminal procedures pertaining to Warrants of Arrest so that ordinary citizens can be fairly treated under the Law.