Parker to ask Supreme Court for bail

Jiwaka Businessman Justin Parker, who has been in custody at Bomana since June last year will go before a three-man Supreme Court bench in December to ask for bail.

The 43-year-old is from Minj, Jiwaka Province. He was arrested and charged with the willful murder of his chief aircraft engineer, 54 year old Lapan Nason from New Ireland Province on June 6 at Gorobe Street, Badili.     

His lawyers filed a bail application in the Supreme Court on Nov 8 seeking bail on the ground he has hypertension and needs urgent medical attention.

Parker’s lawyer went before Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia this morning for the Supreme Court directions hearing where a hearing date for the bail application was fixed.

The full court will hear the application on the morning of Dec 15. Parkers lawyer and lawyers for the state were directed today to file extracts of their arguments by the end of this month.

Parker has had two previous bail applications refused by the National Court.  The two National Court bail applications were refused on June 6 and Sept 10, 2015 by Justice George Manuhu and Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika respectively.

His case is awaiting trial in the National Court.

Sally Pokiton