Condom swallowing case a priority

A case involving two police officers who allegedly forced a woman to swallow condoms inside the Boroko Police Station in 2015 has been put on the priority list to go for trial in the National Court next month.

The incident from 4 December 2015 sparked overwhelming public support against abuse while in police custody.

The case was initially listed to go for trial in October last year however, was deferred to a later date.

Today, Pangia man Joshua Yawijah appeared before Justice Panuel Mogish who put the case on the priority list for trial next month after prosecution indicated it was ready.

His co-accued, Jacklyn Tanda, from Enga, is expected to appear in court next week.

A date is to be set for trial in the month of June.

Yawijah and Tanda were committed to stand trial by the District Court on 22 Sept, 2016.

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