Soldier in court over New Year incident

A PNGDF Soldier has appeared in court over allegations he was involved in the New Year incident between Police and Soldiers along the Taurama road in Port Moresby.

Joe Mondo went before Magistrate Maristella Painap on Friday where his charge was read and explained to him in court.

His case will go for trial on Jan 26 after he pleaded not guilty to the allegations against him.

He was arrested and charged with being in possession of a pistol without a license, a charge under Section 27 (a) of the Firearms Act.

It is alleged on Dec 31, 2016 , he had a P-85 calibre pistol in his possession along the Taurama road when he did not have a license.

The pistol was handed over to police at the time of the arrest and has since been given to the court as an exhibit (evidence) in the case.

Police Prosecution however told the court that the ammunition was not handed over with the gun but the defendant told the court the ammunition was also given in with the pistol.

Police Prosecution moved a verbal application to have the defendant hand the ammunition in.

That application was refused by Magistrate Painap who told prosecution to file a proper application and outline specifically what it is seeking.



Sally Pokiton