Men in piracy attack to appear in court

Six men who were arrested and charged for piracy and the murder of a man from Roku village on Aug 15 will appear on Tuesday at the Waigani District Court.

One of the accused, Peter Kavea of Tatana village briefly appeared at the Bomana District Court sitting today. He is remanded at Bomana while his other five friends are being held at the Waigani Police station cells

He will return to court at Waigani tomorrow together with his other four co-accused; Bobby Rarua, Boge Madaha Kevau, Leka Alex Rabia, Tatana Kapia and Nolan Lawrence William.

Three of the men surrendered themselves to police on Aug 23.

The six are alleged to be part of a group of men from Tatana village who attacked a boat from Roku village on Aug 15 which had six fishermen including two fishermen onboard.

It is alleged they followed the deceased, his brother and his three sons, with the intention of only stealing the boat’s outboard motor however, their confrontation did not go as expected as the family refused to hand over the motor.

This resulted in the death of the father, who police said was allegedly beaten to death and thrown into the sea. His body was later recovered that same day.

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Sally Pokiton