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State withdraws charge against Twivey

This comes after a Public prosecutor presented a notice of withdrawal on the charge that was laid against her.

The notice of nolle prosequi, dated June 19, was presented in court this afternoon before trial judge and Deputy Chief Justice, Sir Gibbs Salika.

This now means that the trial will not go ahead at this stage. The court ordered a refund of her bail of K1000 and discharged the allegations against her.

Twivey was to stand trial on one count of perverting the course of justice in 2015. She was arrested and charged on April 11, 2016.

Lands Dept restrained from dealing with land

 This includes the Minister for Lands Benny Allan, his secretary, their servants and agents.

The National Court will be judicially reviewing the forfeiture of land known as portion 2747, land located along the PNG LNG Project area.

This comes after Laba Holdings Limited, the landowner company that represents the four villages of Porebada, Boera, Papa and Lealea, filed a motion in court seeking interim orders and Judicial Review.

Justice Leka Nablu issued the restraining orders this morning after she allowed for a judicial review to be carried out.

Chief Justice visits Bereina station

His visit today to Bereina was the first for a local Chief Justice after the last expatriate head of the Judiciary visited the area some 43 years ago.

For the locals there, it was history for them to have the country's Chief Justice visits their district as he has not visited any other districts in the Central province. 

Sir Salamo's visit was to inspect the area where the current court facility sits and for planning to go ahead in upgrading the facility.

Soldier in Domestic Violence case on good behaviour

George Hanio from Lufa, Eastern Highlands province, returned before the Waigani National Court this morning where he was sentenced to three years in prison.

That sentence was wholly suspended to allow him rehabilitation. He will pay a fine of K500 and was put on good behaviour bond for the next two years.

Hanio pleaded guilty to the charge on April 12.

His case is one of domestic violence where he used a stick to beat up his former wife, leaving her with a broken arm and leg.

The incident took place on June 18, 2015, at Murray Barracks following an argument.

Law students observe court sitting

They attended the morning court sessions at the Waigani National Court house.

The group was divided into three groups and observed court proceedings in the criminal courts, judicial review track as well as commercial courts.

They were met by deputy registrar David Gonol before they were taken around to the allocated court rooms.

The group that observed the criminal court sessions before Justice Panuel Mogish were given the opportunity to ask questions after his honour addressed them.

Court to review Justice Sakora’s case dismissal

Justice Leka Nablu today granted leave to an application that was moved by Director of the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate, Matthew Damaru, on May 18, asking the court to review that decision of Magistrate John Kaumi.

Magistrate Kaumi dismissed the case and the information that was laid against Sir Bernard.

The Committal Court’s view was that it does not have jurisdiction to prosecute or commence a criminal proceeding against Sir Bernard, who occupies a judicial office because certain laws were not complied with.

Evidence in National Library case closed

Last week, lawyers for the former director of the National Library and Archives, Jacob Hevelawa, his wife Miriam Hevelawa, and the former corporate service manager of the National Library and Archives, Timothy Numara, moved a no case submission asking the Waigani National Court to discharge them.

The submission, made by their lawyer asking the court to stop the trial halfway and discharge the allegations against them, was refused.

Father on murder trial

Haroa Kaikara, pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder today before Justice Panuel Mogish which led to the commencement of his trial.

Wartoto: Consider health in sentence

He told the court he is willing to repay any amount deemed fit by the court as his penalty.

Wartoto returned before Justice George Manuhu today where he was given the opportunity to address the court on what sentence he thinks the court should impose on him.

He apologised to the court and the State for the resources used to conduct the trial which resulted in his guilty verdict on March 29.

Court battle over Hela PA post continues

A large crowd of supporters flooded the Waigani National Court precinct today hoping to hear a positive outcome of the case however it was adjourned to next Tuesday.

A number of motions will be heard by the court next week before Justice Leka  Nablu.

They include a motion that was filed by suspended Hela Provincial Administrator William Bando, who is seeking interim orders against his suspension.