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Gordons police officers convicted for assault

Justice Panuel Mogish this week convicted George O’Conner and Benny Agu for the offence of causing grievous bodily harm to Kerry Auali on June 5, 2015 at Gordon’s Police Station’s back car park.

Auali worked with the Black Swan security firm at the time of the offense. On that day he went to the Lamana Development area to attend to a situation involving their guards and the public.

Some moments later Jackson Bray (state witness) drove into the same place.  Other policemen were also at the area.

Refugee allowed bail by National Court

Justice Panuel Mogish allowed bail on the same conditions and the amount of K1,000 which was granted on February 15, this year at the Boroko District Court.

He allowed bail to Sawari as he was of the view, that the second charge under the Migration Act was defective.

It is defective because circumstances arising in the earlier charge (under the Passport Act) and the recent charge under the Migration Act are the same.

Both charges relate to Sawari obtaining a false PNG Passport and travelling to Fiji.

Brothers convicted for murder

Michael Huratove and Kikira Huratove were found guilty for murdering Tony Barry on  January 5 2013 at China town, East Boroko.

Barry was having an affair with Cindy, the wife of their younger brother, Akus Huratove at the time he was murdered.

 A trial was conducted and the court found that Michael acted out of defense and provocation when he stabbed Barry around 3pm that day.

On the day the offense was committed, a negotiation was to take place between Akus' family, Barry and Cindy behind the Boroko police station.

Refugee to ask court for bail

 He is seeking bail in the National Court after he was arrested and charged with two more charges under the Migration Act on April 4.

The 21 year old refugee was taken to the Waigani Police Station on the afternoon of April 4, straight from his court trial at the Waigani District Court by police and Immigration officials.

He was then charged for making False Representation under section 16(1)(e) of the Migration act.

He has been held in custody at the Waigani Police station since his arrest.

Court refuses Judge’s motion

The National Court’s Judicial Review track dismissed Sir Bernard’s motion this week because it was of the view that he filed the motion under the wrong provision of the National Court rules.

On June 7,2016, the Waigani Committal Court dismissed a case against Justice Sir Bernard Sakora on the charge of judicial corruption.

Chief Superintendent Mathew Damaru and Inspector Joel Simatab from the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate on June 30 last year filed a judicial review in the National Court against that decision.

ENB man pleads guilty to Coca Cola Amatil robbery

Joe Joseph Kapinias, of Rapitok, Toma, East New Britain province today pleaded guilty to his involvement in the armed robbery of January 28, 2016 at the Coca Cola Amatil which saw K313.50 cash plus other uncashed cheques taken.

The court was told that a 9mm factory made pistol was used in the armed robbery. Kapinias and his younger brother carried out the robbery in police uniforms.

The robbery did not turn out as planned and they left without taking monies from the safe. However, the robbery was captured on CCTV.

Court hears submissions on Hela governor seat

With the issue of writs set to take place on April 20, the issue of the governor’s seat has been the subject of legal battle since the death of the later Governor Anderson Agiru on April 28, 2016.

Lawyers representing Koroba-Lake Kopiago MP, Philip Undialu and Komo-Margarima Francis Potape who was purportedly elected governor presented arguments in court before Justice Collin Makail on Monday.

He reserved his ruling to a later date after hearing submissions.

This case was filed by Undialu and is substantively asking the court to nullify Potape’s election.

Pilots’ lawyers prepare appeal books

These appeal books must be fixed before a date can be set for the Supreme Court to hear the appeal.

Moses Murray, the lawyer representing  Captains Joseph Kumasi, Boris Ageda, Vincent Tongia, Benjamin Lopa, Norman Daniel, and first officers Elijah Yuangi, David Seken and Abel Kanego returned to court today for directions.

The Supreme Court gave Murray, Air Niugini and the State until April 28 to sort those relevant court documents before the case returns for further direction on May 1.

12 years for bush knife attack on man

Compensation on the other hand, defeats the purpose of criminal law.

This message was echoed by the National Court on Friday by Justice Panuel Mogish when giving his penalty sentence to a 25 year old man who viciously attacked another man using a bush knife.

Ageru Lea, from the Abau District, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to Willie Sioro that left him with permanent injuries.

Lea attacked Sioro on March 3, 2015, cutting him twice on his left forearm and his right foot.