Namaliu on bail

The man who was arrested and charged last week over the murder of beauty queen Ruby-Anne Laufa has been allowed bail by the National Court.

Richard Jason Namaliu, of Raluana village, Kokopo, East New Britain Province, was arrested by police and charged with murder on the evening of July 25.

His lawyer went before the Waigani National Court with a bail application which was not opposed by the state.

The 25-year-old was allowed bail at K2000.

It is alleged he murdered fellow 25-year-old 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.

The late Laufa was found lying on the road side by security guards on duty, who were alerted by other guards at the Fort Banner gate after the vehicle drove past in a suspicious manner.

Namaliu’s case file is now before the Committal Court. He is expected to appear in court later this week.

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Sally Pokiton