One Kokoda attack accused a juvenile

One of the two accused who were arrested and charged for the Kokoda Track attack of two tourists on Jan 11 will have his case handled by the Juvenile court in Port Moresby.

Two youths from Efogi, Northern Province appeared at a District Court sitting held at Bomana today where 19-year-old Poksi Jacob was arraigned.

 His co-accused, a 17-year-old will now have his case dealt with by the Juvenile court in Port Moresby.

He will also be transferred from Bomana to the Hohola Juvenile Centre before his expected court appearance on March 19.

Both youths remain in custody. Their lawyer from the Public Solicitors office indicated they are working around moving a bail application when they return to court.

Poksi Jacob is expected back in court at Bomana on March 19 while his co-accused will appear in Juvenile court in Port Moresby.

The duo were charged with rape or sexual penetration, armed robbery, wounding and abduction.

The charge of abduction was struck out in Court today.

It is alleged the two stole K6,000 cash and 500 pounds off British citizen Mattew Iovane while armed with a bush knife and spear.

It is also alleged the two youths with others raped or sexually penetrated American Michelle Clemens and wounded both tourists.

Photo: Picture courtesy of TVWAN

Sally Pokiton