Soldiers’ lawyer makes submissions on case

The lawyer representing six Port Moresby-based soldiers alleged to be involved in the death of Salvation Army Student, Late Jeremiah Yinu, today filed submissions in court on their case at the Waigani Committal Court.

The accuseds Jude Nidung, David Travolta, Gregory Tuaki, Alwin Matiabe, Tobias Samson and, Kenneth Yangun all appeared before Magistrate John Kaumi this morning for mention where their lawyer gave the court his written submissions in response to the Police investigation files.

The police investigation files were served on the soldiers after they were re-arrested on March 24. They were re-arrested after the matter got struck out on March 16 after investigators failed to produce completed investigation files within the required three months, which was a practice of the Committal Court.

Police prosecution is expected to make a response to the soldiers’ submissions which was handed up in court today. A response from police prosecution is expected to be done before July 28.

The matter will return to court on July 28 for an expected ruling on sufficiency of evidence. Their National Court bail of K5,000 each and conditions are extended till then.

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

 The fight resulted in the grade 11 Salvation Army student, Jeremiah Yinu being hospitalized after receiving life threatening injuries. Yinu lost his life in October last year.


Sally Pokiton