Circle of violence must end, says Judge

The country is fed up of the culture of group intimidation and group violence, which must come to an end, says Justice George Manuhu of the Waigani National Court.

“If we want our country to be good we have to stop attacking each other in groups,” Justice Manuhu made the remarks before sentencing two men to two-and-a-half years in jail after they were found guilty for unlawfully detaining a man and causing grievous bodily harm to him.

“What if you both were in the same boat? You would feel frightened,” he said to 28-year-olds Pumai Aikipe and Jack Kunma.

He said their punishment must be seen as a message to the public that group intimidation must stop.

Justice Manuhu said Aikipe and Kunma’s actions were deliberate in 2011.

The court heard both men, now convicts, tied the victim’s hands up and assaulted him over several hours, breaching his constitutional rights.

Justice Manuhu said Aikipe and Kunma, in the presence of others, had very little regard for the values of a civilised society.

In giving them two-and-a-half years jail time as punishment, he said this is to send a message across for others not to do the same.

They will spend a remaining two years, three months and two weeks in jail with hard labour for their actions.

Sally Pokiton