3 alleged Tatana shooting cops in court

Three police allegedly involved in the shooting of Saleh Naime Tom, also known as Charlie Naime early this year at Tatana village returned to the District Court at Waigani today (October 26).

Ian Gunawi of East Sepik Province, Philip Pokop of Manus and Lawrence Sausau (officials did not disclose his address) all appeared in person before Magistrate Mekeo Gauli this morning.

Gunawi on September 10 appeared before Magistrate Cosmas Bidar however his case has since been transferred to Magistrate Gauli’s court.

All three and a woman were arrested and charged for the unlawful and wilful murder of Naime at Tatana village on January 17 this year.

They are also out on National Court bail. They have been served their files by police and are in the stage of getting their lawyer file submissions before the court.

This morning police prosecutions indicated that only Sausau’s submission is yet to be filed before he responds to each accused’s submission that has been prepared by their lawyers.

They will return to court on November 30.

Staff Reporter