Officer in ‘condom case’ threatens TV crew

A TV news crew covering a case at the Waigani District Court house this morning almost became victim to police brutality.

A female journalist from EMTV and her cameraman were threatened and almost assaulted by police officer Joshua Yawijah.

Yawijah is the same cop implicated in the condom swallowing incident at the Boroko Police station on Dec 4, 2015.

The cop, who did not want the cameraman getting cutaways of him walking outside the courthouse, approached him and attempted to pull the camera off its stand. Yawijah then tried to throw a punch at the cameraman and also the journalist.

This is the second time Yawijah has threatened media personnel whilst they were on duty outside the Waigani District Court precinct.

In January this year, two female journalists from TVWAN and Loop PNG were also threatened by the cop while taking photographs and cutaways of him walking out the courtroom.

The District Court last month found sufficient evidence against Yawijah and co-accused Jacklyn Tanda, who forced a woman to swallow two male condoms at the Boroko Police station on Dec 4, 2015.

The court also relied on a video of the incident that was allegedly recorded by Tanda that later went viral on Facebook.

They returned to court today for their lawyer to give their response in the court finding sufficient evidence or what is called their section 96 statement.

The statement was not ready and the case was adjourned to next week.

Tags: Condom case 2016, Police officer threatens media personnel 2016, Joshua Yawijah, Boroko Police station

Sally Pokiton