Supreme court refuses Parker bail

The businessman who was convicted over the killing of aircraft engineer, the late Lapan Nason in 2015 has been refused bail by the Supreme Court.

Justin Parker filed an application seeking bail, pending the outcome of his appeal against conviction and sentence to 13 years in prison.

He filed the bail application on grounds he had a high prospect of success in the appeals against conviction and sentence. The welfare of his family was another ground.

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia refused to grant bail, dismissing the application along with the ground of his family’s welfare.

The court however did find that Parker had high prospects in his appeal which had four grounds.

The court found that Parker had an arguable case before the court however, circumstances that led to the murder of Nason, showed that Parker was the instigator of the fight that led to the death.

Parker claimed the trial judge erred in his ruling after he did not carefully assess the mitigating factors before him. 

He will in the meantime, remain at Bomana pending the outcome of his appeals.

He was found guilty on May 29th last year for manslaughter over the unlawful assault of Lapan Nason on June 6, 2015, that led to his death two days later.

Sally Pokiton