Waigani Committal Court

​Two in court for ATM theft

East New Britain man Russel Pupua and East Sepik man Johannes Kuinduo briefly went before magistrate John Kaumi today where their charges were read and explained to them in court.

Both were previously employed as BSP support officers when they allegedly conspired to steal a total of K16,500 on two different occasions.

The first occasion was on January 19 at the Boroko ATM where K11,500 was allegedly stolen. The second occasion was on February 2, at one of the Vision City ATMs, where K5000 was allegedly stolen.

​Tatana shooting: Sufficient evidence against accused

Magistrate Cosmas Bidar yesterday morning ruled there was enough evidence in the case against Jeffery Sheekiot of Madang Province to commit his case to the National Court.

But before his case can be committed, Magistrate Bidar allowed his lawyer to address the court on it finding sufficient evidence against him.

He will return to court on July 19 where his lawyer will make submission on section 96 statement.

He was arrested on July 28, 2016, in Port Moresby and charged with wilful murder.

Enough evidence in Daikoku robbery

Schneider Bishop of Biwat area, Angoram, East Sepik Province, returned to the Waigani Committal Court today where a ruling was made in the case against him.

Himself and four others, Solomon Gonol, Paul Michael, John Sabol 'Ala' and Jack Joe Hora, were arrested and charged over the armed robbery, which took place between 11.30am and 12midday at Harbour City at Konedobu on May 18, 2016.

It is alleged the five, armed with factory made pistols, held up the staff and customers of Daikoku restaurant and stole cash and items valued at K2,752.

Lack of evidence sees case dismissed

The Waigani Committal Court on Tuesday dismissed a case involving a man from the Madang province who allegedly sexually touched a minor while he was under the influence of alcohol.

His identity is withheld due to the age of the victim.

The alleged incident took place at a street market where the man met the four year old girl and her uncle at Hohola in Port Moresby on the evening of August 6 last year.

Court: Police must conduct record interview

If the record of interview is not done by police and no files served before March 29, the Waigani Committal Court will strike out the case.

This was the direction of Magistrate Mekeo Gauli on Wednesday when the case of Alex Una returned before him for mention.

Alex Una, 38-years-old, from Gogoi village, Rigo, Central Province first appeared in court on December 7, 2016.  He was formally charged on Dec 1, 2016, with armed robbery.

Three months and one week later, the record of interview is still yet to be conducted by police.

Kapris expected in court today

His case was listed for ruling on Tuesday morning before Magistrate John Kaumi however, it was adjourned to Thursday.

This comes after the 53-year-old from Suapri village, Maprik District in the East Sepik Province, was arrested in Port Moresby on Sept 13, 2016, and charged with four charges under the Criminal Code.

He was charged with two counts of misappropriation of properties, two counts of abuse of office, one count of stealing by false pretense and one count of conspiracy to defraud.

Father on trial for sexually assaulting daughter

Magistrate John Kaumi of the Waigani Committal Court sent the case of the man to the National Court on Tuesday after the lower court found there was sufficient evidence against him.

The Port Moresby-based soldier, whose identity is being withheld due to the age of the victim, is expected to appear in the National Court on March 20 for listing.

He was arrested in July 2015 and charged with the persistent child sexual abuse under section 229 of the Criminal Code and Sexual Offenses and Crimes Against Children’s Act.

FB defamatory remarks case dismissed

This case involves a 26-year-old woman who allegedly posted defamatory remarks on social media, Facebook page ‘Jimi Politics Open forum’, against the sitting member.

Margret Opo of Karap village, Jimi district, Jiwaka Province, first appeared in court on November 1, 2016, where her charge was read and explained to her.

Three months on, police prosecution received no instructions from the investigating officers on the progress of the case, which prompted them to move an application to strike the matter out, which was allowed by the court.

Student on sex charge appears in court

He appeared in court on Monday before Magistrate Mekeo Gauli, who read and explained his charge and the allegations against him in court.

The defendant, whose identity is withheld due to the age of the victim, was arrested and charged on allegations that he sexually violated a girl under the age of 16 years at June Valley on Feb 6.

The victim is 14 years old.

He was charged with sexual penetration, under section 229(a) of the Criminal Code act and Sexual offense and Crimes against Children’s act.

Police respond to Sios submissions

She returned to court for mention today with her lawyer before Magistrate Mekeo Gauli at the Waigani Committal Court.

Police indicated in court they will serve their response submissions on her today after court. Her  case will return on March 7.

Sios lawyers filed their submissions in response to the completed hand up brief or investigation files on January 16. She remains on an extended court bail.

Her case is still undergoing the committal court process which screens evidence to see if it is sufficient to commit to the National Court.