Wagambie unhappy with media

The Lae metropolitan police commander has expressed frustration with media in the reporting of the case of the accident along Cassia Crescent, Eriku.

The case, which took place on October 16th last year, involved a drunk driver that ran his car off the road and killed four girls.

Anthony Wagambie Jnr in a statement wanted to clarify reports that the police did not give in the hand up brief (HUB) to the public prosecutors.

He also wanted to state that the defendant in the case was not acquitted rather, the matter was struck out, meaning that the case is still open.

If a person is acquitted of a crime in the court of law, the state can appeal to a higher court for the matter to be reinstated and tried there. This however, was not the case in this instance.

Wagambie says in the administration of justice, police have done their part.

The file was completed by the investigating and arresting traffic officer and handed to the public prosecutor’s office on February 2, a week ahead of the mention on the 12th.

This was for the election process of the file to take place where the Public Prosecutor would look at the file and decide which level of court the matter would be tried at in accordance with evidence.

The matter was brought before the court on the 12th where the police prosecutor made an application to the district court for the matter to be adjourned, as the file was still with the public prosecutor’s office.

However, the district court struck the matter out.

The file was given back to the police prosecutor on February 15. 

Wagambie decried the reports that came out on the case and warned media houses to get their facts straight before reporting. He added that the police have done all they can.

The case is still open and the matter will still be pursued.

Julianna Waeda