Condom case officers served files in court

Police officers allegedly involved in forcing a woman to swallow condoms in December last year have been served copies of investigation files.

Joshua Yawijah (22) of Maia village, Pangia, Southern Highlands Province was served his completed files on Feb 26 while Jacklyn Tanda (23) of Sakarip village, Wabag, Enga Province was given her files on Feb 29.

The same files were served in court today when the matter returned for the third time before Magistrate Cosmas Bidar. 

Both appeared before Magistrate Bidar this morning without their lawyer.

They told the court that their lawyer is out of Port Moresby and will return on March 27.

They are being represented by a lawyer from the Public Solicitors office.

Their matter has now been adjourned to April 13 for mention.

Both defendants were told to get their lawyer to file submissions before the matter returns on that date.

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

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

The incident was allegedly recorded by Tanda and went viral on social media.

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.

Sally Pokiton