Judge suggests law against polygamous marriage

The Waigani National Court stated that there should be a law against polygamous marriage in Papua New Guinea.

This was echoed in the Waigani National Court by a judge who sentenced a woman to 15 years in prison for killing another woman who was also married to her husband.

On June 4th, 2016, Engan woman Serah James killed one of her husband’s wives at the Erima Wildlife, in Port Moresby.

Prosecution asked for a sentence term of between 25-30 years in jail for the offence, but the court sentenced James to 15 years in jail yesterday, for taking another person’s wife.

In delivering the sentence, Justice George Manuhu said James was cornered by her husband into doing what she did.

He said there should be a law to have husbands detained too, just like the wife, from such offences which are prevalent in society.

The deceased was from Western Highlands Province.

She was the third wife, and was flown to Port Moresby by the husband with her child to be introduced to the family, when she was ambushed and stabbed by James.

Sally Pokiton