Trial on for Kone armed robbery

A trial is currently underway at the Waigani National Court against a man from Gulf Province who was arrested and charged over the armed robbery of a pokies and bar at Konedobu two years ago.

Sese Mala of Lelefu village, Malalaua, is alleged to have been involved in the armed robbery of 777 Pokies bar and restaurant, along with five others, on June 30, 2015.

The court was told today that Mala and others entered the 777 Pokies bar and restaurant between 2pm-3pm, took valuables from customers, cash, alcohol, flex cards and cigarettes, all valued at K5000, while armed with two factory made pistols.

They made away with K2000 cash.

At the presentation of the charge against him in court, Mala pleaded not guilty, which prompted the commencement of the trial.

The issue now that the state will have to prove is the element of identification; if Mala was actually involved in the crime.

Witnesses are now being called in by the state to give evidence against Mala.

The trial continues.

Sally Pokiton