Police respond to Sios submissions

Police prosecution will serve its response to submissions filed last month in court by lawyers representing businesswoman Janet Roland Sios.

She returned to court for mention today with her lawyer before Magistrate Mekeo Gauli at the Waigani Committal Court.

Police indicated in court they will serve their response submissions on her today after court. Her  case will return on March 7.

Sios lawyers filed their submissions in response to the completed hand up brief or investigation files on January 16. She remains on an extended court bail.

Her case is still undergoing the committal court process which screens evidence to see if it is sufficient to commit to the National Court.

The 52-year-old from Namatanai district, New Ireland province was arrested on July 1 last year at the Boroko Police station for using an ICT service; Facebook, to allegedly post offensive, insulting and defamatory remarks to her Facebook friends for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to a Lady Nii Cragnolini.

These allegedly took place between September 15 and October 1, 2015.

She was charged under section 266(1)(b)(ii) of the National Information and Communication Technology (NICTA) Act.

The complainant, Lady Nii Cragnolini of L&A Group of Companies, reported the matter to police on March 7 last year after an unsuccessful civil proceeding at the Port Moresby District court against Sios.

An appeal of this civil proceeding in the district court was later filed by Cragnolini in the Waigani National Court and was discontinued early November 2016.

Sally Pokiton