Child assault case thrown out

Another case of sexual touching that did not require extensive investigations by the police investigator has been thrown out by a Committal court.

This was because no investigation files have been done up or served to the defendant, and no instructions given to court by police, six months on after a Chimbu man was arrested on allegations he sexually touched a minor.  

It is by practise in the Committal Court that investigation files must be done within three to four months and served to the person accused of committing an offense.

The man whose identity is withheld due to the age of the victim, was a security guard at the time he allegedly inappropriately touching a 13 year old girl at Morata 2, around 2:30pm near a school on Oct 8, last year.

The Chimbu man was arrested on October 10, 2016 and charged with sexual touching after relatives of the girl apprehended him.

He returned to court today and Magistrate Cosmas Bidar struck his case out after the police investigating officer failed to produce the required files in time.

He said a person is entitled to have their case dealt with by an impartial court within a required time, and this case had gone on for too long when it did not require extensive investigations by the police investigator.

The man first appeared in court on Oct 14, 2016. His bail monies will be refunded to him.



Sally Pokiton