Businessman’s lawyer defers submissions on murder case

Jiwaka businessman Justin Parker, charged with the murder of his engineer, appeared before Magistrate Cosmas Bidar this morning (Nov 20) at the Bomana Court house along with his co-accused and their lawyers.

 Parker, who appeared from custody, looked well as he walked in casually dressed and in thongs before a court room filled with relatives of the late Lapan Nason.

The matter today was for Parker’s lawyer to make submissions in response to police completion of their investigation however that was not done.

His lawyer from Ashurst Lawyers instead went before the court seeking a further adjournment to December 11.

His co-accused Akai Andekumo also appeared with his lawyer from the Public Solicitors office.

The court further adjourned the matter to December 11.

43 year old Parker of Minj, Jiwaka is facing allegations of willfully murdering his chief aircraft engineer, the late Lapan Nason on June 8.

The charge arose from an assault incident that allegedly took place at Mr Nason’s home at Gorobe St, Badili on June 6.

He has been in custody since June 12 and was refused bail twice by the National Court on June 16 and September 11 respectively.

He was however allowed release on a medical trip into Port Moresby after the District Court on October 2 allowed the release.

He remains in custody at Bomana.

(Pictured above is Parker (blue shirt) inside the Bomana Court house with lawyers after the case hearing.)


Sally Pokiton