Condom saga cops to stand trial

Almost two years after a woman was forced to swallow condoms in a police station, the two officers allegedly involved in that incident will stand trial in court.

Pangia man Joshua Yawijah and his co-accused, Jacklyn Tanda, from Enga, will stand trial at the Waigani National Court next week.

The matter went for status conference today where the dates for the two-day trial were set.

Yawijah and Tanda were committed to stand trial by the District Court on Sept 22 last year after sufficient evidence was found against them.

It is alleged that on Dec 4, 2015, at the Boroko Police Station, Yawijah, while in the company of female probationary officer, Tanda, forced a woman to chew and swallow two male condoms.

The woman was forced to swallow the two condoms after they searched her belongings and found seven condoms on her.

The incident was allegedly recorded by Tanda, which went viral on social media.

This prompted the police hierarchy to conduct an internal investigation that led to their arrests.

They were charged for one count of deprivation of personal liberty, two counts of forcing someone to do indecent acts and one count of abuse of office.







Sally Pokiton