Magistrate in Manus arrested

One of the two local magistrates in Manus has been arrested and charged by police for driving under the influence of alcohol which resulted in an accident in August last year.

Francis Kalai, was arrested by police in Manus last week after he returned to the province from receiving medical attention in Port Moresby.

Manus Provincial Police Commander David Yapu told Loop PNG today Magistrate Kalai was allegedly involved in a motor vehicle accident in August last year in a drink drive incident.

He said the wife of the magistrate escaped injuries however he received injuries to his jaw and head which needed medical attention and was referred to the Port Moresby General Hospital.

He has been released on K300 bail and is expected to appear in court once another magistrate is assigned to the province.

PPC Yapu said Kalai will appear for mention before another magistrate who will later be assigned and sent to Manus due to conflict of interest.

Facts before police allege that Kalai, 60 of Buyang village, Manus on Aug 31,2016 drove his vehicle off the road while under the influence of alcohol.

(Loop PNG picture of the Lorengau Court house.)

Sally Pokiton