Madang welcomes late judge

The people of Madang have gathered in numbers at the Madang airport to welcome the body of the late Justice Martin Ipang.

More than 100 vehicles convoyed with the body of the late judge around the town before stopping at the Madang National Court House.

Whilst at the Madang National Court House, the body of the late Justice was handed over to the Madang Provincial Government by Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia.

Madang Governor Peter Yama accepted the body of the late judge and described him as a leader who did not take sides nor fear making decisions in court.

The late judge passed away in Port Moresby on April 3. It is understood he was brought to Port Moresby for medical treatment.

Justice Ipang began his career as a magistrate before attaining his Law degree from the University of Papua New Guinea.

He presided as a magistrate at in Lae before he was appointed to the bench.

He was serving in Tari at the time of his death.

Justice Ipang was known for sentencing former Western Governor Wobiro, former Western Provincial Administrator Dr Modowa Gumoi, and Fly Care Foundation Inc. boss Norman Carl May in 2016 to 10 years in jail.

He was also one of those judges who echoed calls for legislators to look at polygamous marriage in the country.

Freddy Mou