Laufa case update: Files to be served soon

The case of the 25-year-old man who was arrested and charged over the murder of law student and former Miss South Pacific Ruby-Anne Laufa is progressing in the Committal court.

The case will return to court next week, where police CID, are expected to serve the defendant, their investigation files, or what is called a police hand-up brief.

The investigation files will be used by the court to weigh out the evidence against Namaliu if it is sufficient to put his case for trial in the National Court.  

Namaliu first went to court with his lawyer on August 4, where his charge was read and explained to him.

He was arrested and charged with murder on July 25.

By practice, it takes up to four months for police to compile and serve their investigation files to the defendant, in the Committal Court process.

Namaliu remains on a National Court bail of K2000.

It is alleged he murdered Laufa of Lese, Malalaua, Gulf Province, along the Fort Banner Road, UPNG, on February 11.

According to the police brief, Namaliu drove a CRV registration BER 689, and the late Laufa was a passenger in the vehicle that was seen driven by the defendant along the Fort Banner road.

It is alleged that he pushed the late Laufa out of a moving vehicle which is said to have caused her death.

These are allegations at this stage and police will continue their investigations to compile its investigation files on the defendant.

Sally Pokiton
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