Chimbu man to stand trial

A former police officer from the Chimbu Province will stand trial in the National Court over allegations he assaulted his daughter, caused grievous bodily harm, and stole valuables from her maternal family.

His son (19) and brother (29) will also stand trial after the Waigani District Court found sufficient evidence to commit their case for trial the National Court.

Magistrate Cosmas Bidar today made a ruling on their case after the lower court screened evidence produced by police.

They are expected to appear for listing on June 5.

Names in this article have been omitted due to the nature of allegations and the victim being a high school student.

It is alleged that the 46 year old man sexually touched his daughter on a number of occasions last year without her consent.

She was at high school at the time and the father restricted her from going out with her friends. Police also allege he threatened to kill the daughter and her boyfriend when he found out she was dating.

Afraid from the threats, she ran away from home to her mothers’ relatives. While there, her father, brother and uncle attacked them at home, causing grievous bodily harm to her aunt and uncle.

She was also stabbed in the chin with a pocket knife by her father. He stripped her before cutting her hair off using the same knife. Others were unable to defend her as he was armed.

They also took off with mobile phones valued at K1, 268 and destroyed her aunt’s properties valued at K1,000.

The matter was reported to police by the victim after receiving medical attention at the Port Moresby General Hospital.

The three accused were arrested in October last year.

Sally Pokiton