Shoplifter takes Chinese man to court

A Chinese man is defending the charge of unlawful assault at the Waigani District Court after he allegedly beat up a shoplifter last month.

 From mainland China, Hense Wu appeared in court before Magistrate Cosmas Bidar who read and explained his charges to him before the court.

Police allege he beat up a national male, Michael Peter Mell on Sept 26 at the Elisio Wholesale at Gordon after Mell stole from his shop.

Wu however said through a statement in court that the man he was alleged to have beaten up had previously stolen from Elisio four times adding it was not him but the public who beat Mell up.

“At that time you said you were drinking Chinese tea when they beat him. You said he came close to you and that was when your Chinese tea poured on him. You said you didn’t beat him up,” Bidar told Wu in court.

This case will now go through the committal process where police will investigate and produce files before the court can decide if it should proceed to trial.

Wu is expected back in court next month. He was also told by the court to surrender his passport to the court registry.



Sally Pokiton