Wife withdraws child sex complaint against husband

A case involving the sexual penetration of a child was dismissed at the Waigani Committal court on Wednesday (June 24) after the complainant withdrew the complaint over financial constraints.

The accused is a man (name withheld) from the Angoram district in the East Sepik province.

He was arrested and charged with sexual penetration of his adopted daughter in Port Moresby after his wife reported the matter to police.

The alleged incident took place between July and October 2013 at Bomana in Port Moresby where the man sexually penetrated a 15 year old girl who looks up to him as a father.

Charged under section 229(a) of the Criminal Code and Act and Sexual offence and Crimes against Children Act, the accused’s wife today, through an affidavit,  requested police to withdraw the case.

She withdrew her complaint against her husband on the grounds that her husband was the sole bread winner for the family.

She also withdrew her complaint as the victim in the case had since moved to Lae.

Magistrate Cosmos Bidar in receiving her application granted the application to withdraw the case while the family resolves the matter outside of court.

The Committal Court at Waigani sees cases of sexual penetration cases against minors on a daily basis and Magistrate Bidar said previously rape was common.

Now he says sexual penetration of children by known people and family members is becoming very prevalent as heard in his court.