Ruling on late Yinu case next month

It will be a year next month, October, since the late Jeremiah Yinu succumbed to injuries he sustained from a fight between students and soldiers outside the Coronation Primary School on July 25, 2015.

The late Yinu was 17 when he left his families and friends behind on Oct 7 last year. He died a month short of his 18th birthday.

One year on, the case surrounding his death is still undergoing the Committal Court process, with a ruling scheduled to take place on Oct 6 at the Waigani District Court.

This will see the court give its ruling on whether it has sufficient evidence against accused Jude Nidung, David Travolta, Gregory Tuaki, Alwin Matiabe, Tobias Samson and Kenneth Yangun.

It was alleged the soldiers were involved in a fight with students from the Kilakila Secondary School during a cultural show at Coronation on July 25, 2015.

The fight resulted in the Grade 11 Salvation Army student, Jeremiah Yinu, being hospitalised after receiving life threatening injuries.

The case was struck out on March 16 after the investigating officer, from the Police Criminal Investigation Department, failed to produce his completed investigation files within three months before the court.

Despite the case being one of public importance, the court upheld the constitutional rights of the defendants and struck the case against them out.

They were re-arrested on March 24, served their respective police hand up brief and have been appearing in court since.

They are on National Court bail of K5000 each with strict conditions.

Sally Pokiton