In court for allegedly assaulting 9yo

A 30-year-old man from Morobe is facing allegations of sexually assaulting a minor at the ATS settlement, outside Port Moresby, after he was arrested in December last year.

The man appeared at the Waigani Committal Court on Wednesday where his two charges were read and explained to him.

He was arrested on Dec 23, 2016, and charged for sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl at the ATS settlement.

It is alleged he sexually assaulted the girl on two different occasions. The assault started on Dec 5 when the girl’s parents went to the clinic.

His second attempt to violate the minor on Dec 7, 2016, failed when the mother of the victim caught him.

The perpetrator lived with the victim’s family.

He has been in police custody since his arrest.

Magistrate Mekeo Gauli told the defendant in court that his case involves a serious offence and can be brought to the National Court if the Committal Court finds sufficient evidence against him.

He will return to court on Feb 1.

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Sally Pokiton