​Tatana shooting: Sufficient evidence against accused

The Waigani Committal Court has found sufficient evidence against another man who is facing allegations of wilful murder and involvement in the Tatana shooting from early 2015.

Magistrate Cosmas Bidar yesterday morning ruled there was enough evidence in the case against Jeffery Sheekiot of Madang Province to commit his case to the National Court.

But before his case can be committed, Magistrate Bidar allowed his lawyer to address the court on it finding sufficient evidence against him.

He will return to court on July 19 where his lawyer will make submission on section 96 statement.

He was arrested on July 28, 2016, in Port Moresby and charged with wilful murder.

Sheekiot is alleged to be among a group of police officers who conducted a raid at Tatana village on January 17, 2015, while on duty investigating the murder of another man, the late Harold Farapo.

During the raid, he, in the company of others, allegedly shot the late Saleh Naime Tom, also known as Charlie Naime.

Six others have also been arrested and charged for the same allegation. Four accused have had their cases committed for trial in the National Court.

Sheekiot and one other accused case is still undergoing the Committal Court process. 

Sally Pokiton