Sios case further adjourned

The case of alleged improper use of ICT services against businesswoman Janet Sios has been further adjourned to the end of this month.

The matter went for mention before of the Waigani Committal Court on Tuesday.

Police prosecution told the court it received submission from Sios’ lawyers in response to the police hand up brief which was served to Sios in November 2016.  The defense filed its submissions on Monday this week.

Magistrate Mekeo Gauli adjourned the matter to Jan 27 to give Police Prosecution three weeks to make a response to defense submissions.

Her bail is further extended till then.

Janet Roland Sios, 52, is from Kabanut village, Namatanai District, New Ireland Province.

She first appeared in court on Nov 1,2016 where her charge was read and explained to her by magistrate Gauli.

She was arrested on July 1 last year at the Boroko Police station for using an ICT service, Facebook, to 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