No cooperation sees sex assault case drag on

A sex assault case involving a minor in Port Moresby has dragged for more than three months now because there is no cooperation from complainants in bringing their statements to police investigators.

This particular case has been in court since July and the Waigani Committal Court was told the lack of cooperation from complainants in the case has contributed in the matter being prolonged.

Three months is the time frame given to police to investigate cases and produce what is called a hand up brief or investigation files.

Even a record of interview is also yet to be carried out on the 22-year-old defendant, who was accused for sexually assaulting a six year old girl at Five-Mile on six different occasions.

The accused who is currently detained at Bomana recently appeared in court where his case was further adjourned to Oct 28.

The accused who is known to the victim and her family, allegedly sexually assaulted her on numerous occasions at a rental accommodation which the family of the girl shared with the accused.

The recent incident took place early in July  this year which led to his arrest by police. Previous incidents were not reported by the girl out to fear. Most of those times when the defendant assaulted the girl was when he was under the influence of alcohol.

Meanwhile another sexual assault case also involving a minor will return to court in two weeks time where his lawyer will make submissions in court in response to investigations against him.

In this case, the accused was arrested and charged on June 2 this year for sexually assaulting a six year old girl over eight months last year. The assault allegedly took place from January 31,2015 to Aug 31 last year at Badili.




Sally Pokiton