Nawara case dismissed by court

The Waigani National Court today dismissed a case against a woman, from the East Sepik Province, who was facing allegations of forging documents to obtain the title of a property in Port Moresby.

Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika threw out the case against Anna Nawara, of Kubalea, after her lawyer in a no-case submission told the court there was no case for her to answer to as there was no evidence against her.

Sir Gibbs, in dismissing the case, upheld her lawyer’s submission saying the state failed to establish all the elements of the charges and allegation against her.

“This case is not properly investigated and evidence is not proper to run a trial. NHC says the house belongs to it while court case said she has title,” Sir Gibbs told the court.

Nawara was in court over allegations she forged and uttered documents (contract of sale, dated 12 May 2007) to show she owned a property, which the National Housing Corporation also claimed ownership on. She was also facing allegations of misappropriation.

The disputed property (section 46,Lot 7) was previously brought to the National Court’s civil track, which ruled that Nawara had the title to the property. However, a complaint was later laid with police which led to her arrest.

Sally Pokiton