Convicted students lawyer ask for lenience sentencing

The Two former law students from the University of Papua New Guinea who were convicted for the manslaughter of another student in 2012 have asked the court for leniency in its sentence.

Tande Joseph and Peter Martin were found guilty to one count of manslaughter by Justice George Manuhu on April 15.

They were found guilty for the death of Obediah Igish, a third year Anthropology student who was involved in a drunken brawl with the accused at the University bus stop in 2012

They appeared in court today (June 17) where their lawyer asked for a sentence of seven years to be given.

They also asked that the court uses its digression to reduce the sentence or give them a non-custodial sentence.

The maximum penalty for manslaughter is life imprisonment.

Their lawyer said good character references reports were provided by the Probationary services and if a non-custodial sentence was given by the court, it would enable them to go back to school.

Both accused have since been expelled from their studies at the university.

Their lawyers said the incident was an act of stupidity which all parties involved were willing to fight.

The state, however submitted that a term between 11-14 years be given to the accused.

State lawyer said while no weapons were used in the drunken brawl, the victim died from multiple injuries.

The state in its submission also said forms of compensation were offered to the Igish family in May, after the accused were convicted.

This, they saw as a late attempt to reconcile with the Igish family for their loss as no attempts of compensation were made prior to the conviction.

 A K30,000 was offered for compensation along with pigs to the Igish family which they refused.

Justice Manuhu will deliver the sentence tomorrow (Thursday June 18).