Man faces ‘unfortunate death’ case

A man from the East Sepik Province is facing a murder case which stems from an ‘unfortunate death’ situation where his wife died from a raptured spleen after he allegedly punched her.

Moses Nianpo, who is 30-years-old from the Angoram district, appeared at the Waigani Committal Court on allegations he killed his wife. He is currently remanded at Bomana.

Magistrate Cosmas Bidar described his case as an ‘unfortunate one’ which resulted from an accidental death.

He said many times women suffer from enlarged spleen which can be caused from mosquito bites and in this case, Nianpo was in court for allegedly punching his wife in the stomach which raptured the enlarged spleen and caused her death.

The alleged incident took place on April 8 this year inside the Port Moresby General Hospital after the couple had an argument while visiting a relative.

It is alleged he punched her in the stomach causing her to collapse. She was rushed to the Emergency unit but was later pronounced dead.

Nianpo’s case is expected back in court on Oct 28 where his lawyer from the Public Solicitors office is expected to make submissions in court on the allegations.


Sally Pokiton