Officer should not have been released: Police

The police officer implicated in the alleged assault of female officer Josie Kikoli should not have been released on bail as per the NCD Metropolitan Superintendent’s directives.

The officer, attached with the NCD Dog Unit, was charged with one count of grievous bodily harm under the Criminal Code Act of his ex-partner (Kikoli) but released on K500 bail last Wednesday.

NCD Metropolitan Superintendent, Perou N’Dranou, said the cell officers were misinformed.

After finding out about his release, N’Dranou issued further directives for the police prosecutor dealing with the case to go back to court and apply for the offender’s bail to be revoked immediately based on his recommendation.

He said anyone charged with a criminal offence should not be allowed bail unless authorised by the metropolitan superintendent’s office.

Royal PNG Constabulary Internal Affairs will also be holding him accountable for his actions and disciplinary charges will be laid against him.

The offending officer’s bail will be revoked and he will be back in jail until a court hearing is set for him, which can then allow him to apply for a bail application.

(NCD Metropolitan Superintendent, Perou N’Dranou)

Annette Kora