Man to stand trial over toddler’s abduction

A case against a man from Nipa in the Southern Highlands Province will go to the National Court for trial over allegations he was involved with others in kidnapping a toddler two years ago.

The Waigani Committal Court today ordered the case against 50-year-old Abol Peter to the National Court for trial.

There was enough evidence in place to commit the case up to trial despite Peter telling the court today that he was forced to sign the framed record of interview document with police upon his arrest.

He will appear for listing on June 11 in the National Court.

It is alleged Peter was involved with others in the abduction of a toddler from Gordon’s market on 3 March, 2016.

The child was a-year-and-eight-months old when he was stolen from his mother and taken to Liagam in Enga.

Peter and his co-accused made communications with the child’s mother, demanding flex cards and money for his safe return.

It was not till 1 November 2017 when one of Peter’s co-accused was apprehended at Manu Autoport by police using the GPS tracking system to locate the SIM card being used to communicate with the child’s mother.

The child was flown to Port Moresby from Hagen the next day.

Peter and his co-accused were then arrested and charged with child theft, extortion and deprivation of liberty. 

Sally Pokiton