Arrest warrant finally executed, after 7 years

An arrest warrant that was issued seven years ago for a woman at the Mt Hagen National Court was executed in Port Moresby this week.

 Police officers based at the Gordon police station executed the warrant after a tip off from locals on Tuesday night (Nov 17).

Betty Koim of the Western Highlands Province was committed by the District Court in Hagen to stand trial at the National Court on March 26, 2006.

She was on bail however absconded from her scheduled court appearance dates that resulted in an arrest warrant being issued on February 11, 2008.

She was an accounts clerk with the National Research Institute in Hagen when she was alleged to have misappropriated K8,150.

A State lawyer from the Public Prosecutor’s office said the accused is being detained by police and to seek bail she will have to apply for a bail application.

The National Court is yet to decide when it will transfer the accused and the matter to Mt Hagen.

Sally Pokiton