Buimo escapee finds himself in court

A prisoner who broke out of the Buimo prison in Lae while serving a 9 year sentence has found himself in court again in Port Moresby.

Andrew Jawa was arrested and charged for armed robbery and unlawful use of motor vehicle, with two others, over an armed robbery that took place at Koki in April this year.

While in custody, police and Correctional Service realised he was an escapee from Buimo and slapped him with an additional charge of escaping lawful custody.

He appeared at the Waigani Committal Court today where his lawyer made submissions in relation to the armed robbery and unlawful use of motor vehicle charge.

Police allege the three were among a group of armed men who robbed three employees of the Salvation Army in Koki on 13 April this year.

A 10-seater vehicle, mobile phones and cash monies amounting to K1,100 were stolen and recovered in their possession.

Their lawyer however, submitted in court those stolen items were recovered in the defendant’s possession but they were not apprehended while driving the vehicle and police failed to establish the essential elements.

Magistrate Cosmas Bidar adjourned their case for ruling next month. They remain in custody at Bomana till then.  

Sally Pokiton