Three discharged of armed robbery allegations

Three man who were standing trial at the Waigani National Court for armed robbery had their case dismissed today after the court discharged the allegations against them.

This comes after their lawyer asked the court to stop the trial half way and discharge them in the ground the prosecution team did not produce enough evidence against them in the trial.

Anasi Apak of Lufa, Eastern Highlands, Robin Badui Jnr of Dagua, East Sepik, and Kimugo Komafe of Kainantu, Eastern Highlands Province all pleaded not guilty to armed robbery on August 16.

A trial commenced on the armed robbery that allegedly took place at 8am on 24 August 2015, at Lakatoi place, East Boroko.

It was the state’s allegations that they broke into a house at East Boroko in 2015 and got away with over K200, 000 cash and other items.

They were allegedly part of group of men who climbed over the fence into the yard, held the occupants of the house and used aggravated force with factory made pistols to get cash monies and other valuable items.

The house belonged to Erwin Sunga. They made off with K213, 000 cash from his wife, K420 they got from an employee of Sunga, and mobile phones from those people who were at both the main house and house-boy that morning.

They also got away with a pistol registered under the home owner’s name.

Their lawyer moved the no-case submission, saying there was inconsistency in the state’s witness evidence, mainly on the issue of identification.

The court agreed today and discharged the allegations against them, dismissing the case.

Sally Pokiton