Man to stand trial for murdering brother

A man from Ihu in the Gulf Province has been committed to stand trial at the National Court for murdering his biological brother.

 Martin Paul Kume was committed to stand trial for wilfully and unlawfully murdering his younger brother (Tony Paul) at Erima in Port Moresby on February 3 this year. 

It is alleged Kume killed his brother after both men had an argument over a string bilum at their family home.

The committal court found there was enough evidence against the accused to warrant his committal for trial.

Magistrate Cosmos Bidar said Kume used a kitchen knife and stabbed his brother on the left side of his neck and back which affected one of his main arteries.

He said the doctor’s report showed that the victim died due to serious stab wounds to his neck and back.

Kume told the court that his family had written to the police arresting officer to have the case against him withdrawn and have the family resolve the matter however Bidar said his court had not received such an application.

“Murder is murder and regardless of family, a life has already been lost,” Bidar told him in court. 

Kume is now expected to appear at the next listing date at the National Court on October 12. He remains in custody at Bomana.

Sally Pokiton