Men in piracy attack appear in court

Six men who were arrested and charged with piracy and the murder of a 35-year-old man from Roku village, Central Province, on Aug 15, appeared at the Waigani District court today.

From Tatana village; Peter Kavea, Bobby Rarua, Boge Madaha Kevau, Leka Alex Rabia, Tatana Kapia and Nolan Lawrence William went before Magistrate John Kaumi today where their charges were read and explained to them.

The case was adjourned to Nov 22 while police continue their investigations into the incident.

Police will now have three months to produce a hand-up brief to the court and the accused, before the accused’s lawyer can file submissions in response to the investigation files. This has been the practice of the Committal Court process.

It is alleged the six were part of a group of men from Tatana village who attacked a boat from Roku village on Aug 15. The boat from Roku had six passengers onboard.

The six men allegedly followed the boat with the intension of stealing the outboard motor. This did not go as expected, resulting in the death of a man.

Police say the victim was allegedly beaten to death and thrown into the sea. His body was found the same day.


Sally Pokiton