Date set for Parker to stand trial

Jiwaka businessman Justin Parker will stand trial in May at the Waigani National Court to answer to allegations of murder.

He returned to court on Monday morning before Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika, who set the matter for a possible 4-day trial from May 1.

Public Prosecutor Pondros Kaluwin informed the court that the state will proceed the trial on the charge of murder.

Parker was initially charged for wilful murder in June 2015.

The 44-year-old from Minj, Jiwaka Province, was arrested and charged with the wilful murder of his chief aircraft engineer, 54-year-old Lapan Nason, from New Ireland Province, on June 8, 2015.

The incident took place on June 6, 2015, at Gorobe Street, Badili.  

Parker spent 18 months remanded at Bomana since he surrendered to police in June 2015.

He was allowed bail at K10,000 by the Supreme Court on Dec last year.

(Loop PNG file picture of Parker last year at the Bomana National Courthouse)

Sally Pokiton