Bail of cops in condom case reviewed

The police officers, who allegedly forced a woman to swallow two male condoms, have been told to file affidavits of two guarantors who will ensure they adhere to all their bail conditions.

22-year-old Pangia man Joshua Yawijah and his co-accused, 23-year-old Engan woman, Jacklyn Tanda, appeared before Justice Panuel Mogish on Monday where their District Court bail conditions were reviewed.

Justice Mogish told their lawyer and lawyers from the office of the Public Prosecutor to file pre-trial review statements before they return to court on Dec 5 at the Bomana National Court.

Their lawyers were also told to file notice of appearance in court for their legal representation.

Yawijah and Tanda were committed to stand trial by the District Court on Sept 22.

It is alleged that on Dec 4, 2015, at the Boroko Police Station, Yawijah, while in the company of female probationary officer, Tanda, forced a woman to chew and swallow two male condoms.

The woman was forced to swallow the two condoms after they searched her belongings and found seven condoms on her.

The incident was allegedly recorded by Tanda, which went viral on social media. This prompted the police hierarchy to conduct an internal investigation that led to their arrest.

They were charged for one count of deprivation of personal liberty, two counts of forcing someone to do indecent acts and one count of abuse of office.

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Sally Pokiton