Youths in court for stabbing man to death

Three youths from the Sabama area in Port Moresby are in police custody for allegedly murdering an employee of Phoenix Construction over K70 on September 19.

Aminai Michael (20) from Tapini, Goilala in the Central Province, Bire Bino (20) of Lufa, Eastern Highlands Province and Saleh Morgan (18) of Ihu in the Gulf Province all appeared for mention at the Committal Court for the wilful murder of a man identified as Moses Marus.

It is alleged the three were under the influence of alcohol when they met Marus on the road towards Pari and stole K70 from him.

A fight broke out between them that saw two other by-standers come in to assist Marus (now deceased).

Morgan then joined the fight, pulling out a long slasher, and tried to stab Marus.

The victim managed to avoid the knife and escaped from the thugs.

The court heard Marus continued walking towards Kilakila Secondary School where he met Morgan again. Morgan then stabbed him at the back, it is alleged.

Members of the public seeing this, ran after the three accused and caught them.

Marus was later rushed to the hospital however he died due to loss of blood.

Magistrate Cosmos Bidar in reading the charge to the three accused said bail was a right however in such charges as wilful murder, only the National Court can grant bail.

Sally Pokiton