Soldiers’ trial deferred

The anticipated trial before the Waigani National Court against Six PNGDF soldiers who were charged over the murder of a student in Port Moresby has been deferred to June.

Jude Nidung, David Travolta, Alwin Matiabe, Tobias Samson and Kenneth Yangun, appeared in the National Court today for mention. Gregory Tuaki was not present in court. 

Their trial will not take place this month due to legal representation issues. Their case was adjourned to June 11.

The six are in court over allegations they were involved in a fight on July 25, 2015, which resulted in Grade 11 student, Jeremiah Yinu, being hospitalized after receiving life threatening injuries.

 Yinu succumbed to the injuries he sustained from the fight on Oct 7, 2015. He died a month short of his 18th birthday.

The soldiers were arrested and first appeared at the District Court in Aug 2015.

All six accused remain on a National Court bail of K5,000.

Sally Pokiton