Court: Bring numbered bail receipt

A defendant in court who is facing armed robbery allegations has been told by the Committal court to produce a numbered bail receipt after he was allowed bail by the National Court.

Forty-year-old Nicky Bob of Manus province appeared for mention at the Committal Court on Wednesday.

He had earlier applied for bail and was allowed bail at K1,200 by the National Court.  Bail was paid by one of his guarantors however the court noted that the bail receipt was not numbered.

Magistrate Mekeo Gauli told Bob the court was concern why there was no receipt number shown on the bail receipt and directed him to enquire with his guarantor who paid the bail amount.

“No number on receipt shows that either bail was actually not paid or bail was paid to the wrong hands. We have to verify if bail was either paid directly to Finance or the court house through the receipt number,” the magistrate said.

Bob appeared in court for the second time with his co-accused, 40 year-old Jacob Wapai of East New Britain Province. Wapai remains in custody and is yet to make a bail application in the National Court.

It is alleged both men in the company of others held up Ivan Chen, the manager of the Taurama Barracks canteen on Nov 23, 2016 between 5am and 5:30am.

It is further alleged the men were armed with a factory made pistol when they stole his laptop, mobile phone and K35,000 cash.

The incident was captured by the canteen’s CCTV camera.

Both men will appear next in court on Feb 8 at the Bomana National Court house.

Police will continue their investigation against both defendants.

(Picture source: ChimpReports )


Sally Pokiton