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Trial date yet to be set for trio in Library contracts fraud

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, all appeared before the Waigani National Court.

Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika reviewed and conducted their District Court bail conditions to the National Court.

Numara is on bail of K6,000 while the Hevelawa are on bail of K2,000 each.

They were ordered to report to the National Court Crimes registry every second Friday of the month.

Case against Pindipia thrown out

Pindipia appeared before Justice Panuel Mogish today for mention where the matter was dismissed after the State filed a formal notice (nolle prosequi) that it will no longer pursue the matter.

Two main witnesses the State intended to rely on their statements in the trial did not want to come before the court.

Justice Mogish quashed the indictment or charge against Pindipia and dismissed his case on Tuesday after it was scheduled to go for trial.

He said this case reflects back on police and how they arrest accused persons without even collecting enough evidence.

PX pilots termination “not reviewable”

Justice Collin Makail today dismissed the review and also discharged the stay order which was issued on Oct 7, 2016 against their termination.

On Oct 7, the National Court stayed the pilots’ termination when it allowed their case to go through for judicial review.

The judicial review was filed by Captains Joseph Kumasi, Vincent Tongia, Norman Daniel, Boris Ageda, Benjamin Lopa, and first officers Elijah Yuangi, David Seken and Abel Kanego.

They were terminated by the Air Niugini management between Sept 1-15,2016  over allegations of misconduct.

Airport heist “insider” seeks bail

Alex Una, 38-years-old from Londari village, Rigo, Central Province and his lawyer went before Justice Panuel Mogish on Friday with a bail application which the court reserved its ruling to Monday.

Una’s bail application was on the grounds of his medical condition. He has Tuberculosis and his lawyer highlighted in court that his medical condition has “worsened” since he was diagnosed in Oct 2016.

 He was arrested and charged with armed robbery and has been in remand at Bomana since Nov last year.

Convicted murderer asks for 5 year term

Julina Henry and his lawyer went before the National Court today where submissions were made on what the court should impose as her penalty for the crime.

Justice Panuel Mogish in hearing submission reserved his sentence on penalty to Friday.

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

Family ordered to vacate NBC property

This was the order of the Waigani National Court when it refused reliefs sought in a proceeding filed by a couple, Jack and Maria Lus, and dismissed their case. The court also dismissed a stay order issued by the court against their eviction, dated 31 Dec, 2013.

Justice David Cannings today ordered that they vacate the property, section 66, Allotment 52, Maragi Place, by 12 noon of Feb 24 at their own cost.

Former NIO boss guilty

Justice David Cannings on Tuesday convicted Bruno of two counts of dishonestly applying a total of K91,000 to his own use and the use of others on Nov 4, 2013.

From Rasese village, Namatanai, New Ireland Province, he was convicted after the court found that the state proved its case beyond reasonable doubt following a trial.

State called 10 witnesses during the trial while two witnesses were called by defence.

On trial for electronic flex theft

Norman Ilikis of Turagunan village, Kokopo, East New Britain Province will appear for listing at the National Court on Feb 20.

Magistrate Mekeo Gauli last Monday (Jan 16) found sufficient evidence against the 34-year-old. His matter was committed today (Jan 23) after his Section 96 Statement went before the District Court.

State to pay K190,000 to police brutality victims

Justice David Cannings in a matter of enforcement of basic rights under Section 57 of the Constitution ordered the State to pay Ikipe Wakalu, David Wale and Elawi Haroli K63,986 each.

This amount covers the individual’s breach of human rights, breach of constitutional rights, general damages and an additional interest of K16,782.

On July 20, 2010, Wakalu, Wale and Haroli were detained by villagers at Alua Kambe, Southern Highlands Province (then) on suspicions they were involved in a string of armed robberies on the Highlands  Highway at Tari Gap.

Officer on trial for aiding murder suspect escape

Stanley Tempon also known by the name Soti from Kindeng village in the Anglip District, Jiwaka Province will appear for listing in the National Court on Feb 20.

Senior Committal Court Magistrate Mekeo Gauli on Thursday gave his ruling in the case against Tempon.

Tempon was alleged to have aided a murder suspect escape custody from the Boroko Police station on March 10, 2016. He is alleged to have done so with another man, Tony Leo.

He was arrested and charged with willfully permitting a murder suspect to escape from custody on July 29,2016.