Refugee to do hard labour for sexual offence

A refugee from Pakistan will be transferred to Bomana to serve three years in hard labour after he was convicted and sentenced to six years in jail for the persistent sexual abuse of a minor.

Acting Judge Sinclair Gora on Friday (Sept 27) sentenced Pakistan man, Mohammad Nasir Hussein, a refugee who has been in Manus for the past six years, to six years in jail.

The Lorengau National Court earlier convicted Hussein for the persistent sexual abuse of a victim aged 14 years old in Lorengau.

The Pakistan man had befriended the minor in 2017, and over a period of time was said to have assaulted the girl, which resulted in her parents placing a complaint with police, leading to his arrest.

He was convicted last year and sentenced to six years in prison on Friday, Sept 27, by Acting Judge Gora.

However the Judge deducted three years for special mitigating factors.

Manus provincial police commander (PPC), David Yapu, who was pleased with the court result commended his officers for the good work and for bringing the case to a successful end.

He said this is the second refugee convicted on sexual offences in Manus Province. The other refugee is currently serving his jail term at CS Lorengau.

He said foreigners coming to our country must respect the laws of this land, otherwise they will end up in similar situations.

Meanwhile, a Correctional Service officer in Manus was arrested and charged for two counts of drink driving and without due care and attention.

Twenty-five-year-old Brian Metimeti of Sanaroa village, Esa’ala, Milne Bay Province, on Thursday 26 September drove to Rossun village at high speed, where he lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road.

The vehicle overturned but luckily no one was injured. However, the state vehicle was severely damaged. Police allegedly discovered liquor at the scene of the accident.

According to police, the CS officer has a previous pending case also before the district court.

With this incident, the CS in Lorengau will now be without a vehicle.

Sally Pokiton