Alleged hired killer hauled to court

An Engan man who was allegedly hired to kill another man in exchange for K15, 000 is expected to appear at the Central District Court next week on charges of willful and attempted murder.

The matter was listed for arraignment today however it was stood over to next week because the magistrate was not available.

Nelson David Yakam (26) from Sopos village, Wabag, Enga Province was arrested on Jan 17 and charge with willfully and unlawfully killing a Paul Sope on Jan 13 at 14-Mile outside Port Moresby.

He was also charged with the attempted murder of Jack Ninkama.

The incident took place along the Sogeri road, around 4:30pm last Friday. Yakam and two of his accomplices met at the Adventure Park and walked over to the road side market where they waited for their target,  a Blue Toyota 10-seater.

Yakam’s accomplices are only known to the court as Junior and Walis, both from Surunki, Enga Province.

Armed with a pump action shot gun, they allegedly fired a shot directly to the driver’s position at a Blue Toyota ten seater. The bullet missed the driver Jack Ninkama.

Two other shots were later allegedly fired which hit the vehicle that was travelling behind that 10-seater. It was a white Hyundai Dyna which belonged to the Boroma Piggery Ltd. One of the bullets hit the driver in the chest, landing on the front wind screen, killing the driver (Paul Sope) instantly at the scene.

The three men fled the scene however Yakam was apprehended at New Block, 14-Mile. Yakam admitted to police that he was one of the three men and they were hired by a man (known) who met them at the Gordon Kai Bar to get a job done at K15,000.

Yakam remains in police custody. He can only apply for bail in the National Court.

(Pictured is Waigani District Court building.)


Sally Pokiton