Police serve files on Sios

Prominent businesswoman Janet Sios, who was charged with improper use of ICT services, has been served investigation files by police.

Sios returned to the Committal Court for mention before Magistrate Mekeo Gauli today.

Her lawyer sought an adjournment to prepare submissions in response to the investigation files or hand up brief which was served on her by police.

Sios will return to court for submissions on January 17, 2017.

Her lawyer was told by the Court to file submissions by January 6 next year and police prosecution to respond to submissions in writing by January 10.

Her bail is extended till then.

52-year-old Janet Roland Sios, of Kabanut village, Namatanai district, New Ireland Province, first appeared in court on Nov 1 where her charge was read and explained to her by magistrate Gauli.

She was arrested on July 1st this year at the Boroko Police station for using an ICT service, Facebook, to post offensive, insulting and defamatory remarks to her Facebook friends for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to a Lady Nii Cragnolini.

These allegedly took place between September 15 and October 1, 2015.

She was charged under section 266(1)(b)(ii) of the National Information and Communication Technology (NICTA) Act.

The complainant, Lady Nii Cragnolini of L&A Group of Companies, reported the matter to police on March 7 this year after an unsuccessful civil proceeding at the Port Moresby District court against Sios.

An appeal of this civil proceeding in the district court was later filed by Cragnolini in the Waigani National Court and was discontinued early this month.

Sally Pokiton