Bhosip Kaiwi

Kaiwi refused bail

Acting Judge Paul Tusais handed down the decision this afternoon.

In his decision, Acting Judge Tusais said  the accused Bhosip Kaiwi is likely to interfere with the witnesses in this matter and that the case consist of serious assaults that is why the bail will not be granted.

Bhosip Kaiwi applied to the National Court for bail on four grounds. That he had pre-existing asthmatic condition prior to his arrest which he has not been receiving medical attention at the Bomana Correctional Facility clinic.

Kaiwi’s transfer application dismissed

Justice Panuel Mogish today ruled in favour of the State Solicitor, who was of the view that the application was incompetent.

Kaiwi’s lawyer argued that the defendant’s safety would be at risk, hence it would be safer for him at Boroko.

However, the judge ruled that the situation cannot be preempted and that administrative process be allowed to continue. 

Commissioner confirms Kaiwi’s assault

The assault was reported to Commissioner Pokanis by lawyers representing Kaiwi, after they visited their client at the CS Test Compound, located at the CS Training College.

In a press conference today, Commissioner of the PNG Correctional Service Stephen Pokanis, confirmed 25-year old remandee Bhosip Kaiwi was physically assaulted by CS officers after he was taken to the CS Isolation facility, known as the Test Compound, at the CS Training College in Bomana.

Manning clarifies Correctional Services protocol

Manning made this clarification in response to concerns that the Bomana Prison facility is treating remandee Bhosip Kaiwi, charged this week for the killing of Jenelyn Kennedy, different from others going into prison.

“I am advised by CS Commissioner Stephen Pokanis that all detainees admitted to the Bomana prison will be isolated at its designated isolation centre for 14 days prior to release into the general prison population,” Manning outlined.

Kaiwi to be in quarantine

The Test Compound was established since the COVID-19 State of Emergency was imposed, to ensure prisoners are not vulnerable to a coronavirus breakout.

This morning, NCD Police and CID transferred the 25-year-old to the Bomana Correctional Services Training Centre, where the Test Compound is located.

Officer in Charge of the CS Test Compound Inspector Joe Yamason, confirmed that Kaiwi will remain there as per COVID-19 quarantine protocols, and then be moved to the main compound.

Kaiwi transferred to Bomana

He will remain in custody there for the remainder of his court case. 

NCD Police gave a brief update of the suspect being moved on Facebook today.

Photos of him carrying a few change and being escorted into an unmarked police vehicle were also shared. 

The 25-year-old from Minj, in Jiwaka Province, was issued a remand warrant for Bomana by Magistrate Tracy Ganai at the District Committal Court on Tuesday June 30th.

His remand warrant was served to him late on Tuesday, and so he spent the night at the Boroko Police station holding cells.

Kaiwi issued remand warrant for Bomana

Kaiwi, who has been charged with the alleged wilful murder of Jenelyn Kennedy, appeared for his first mention this morning.

He was brought to the District Court facility in an unmarked police vehicle and under heavy escort by CID officers.

Magistrate Tracy Ganai presided over the matter.

She explained that today’s mention was to read to Kaiwi his charges – which she did and he understood. 

The magistrate had asked Kaiwi if he understood that he was being charged with wilful and unlawful murder under section 299 (1) of the PNG Criminal Code.

Kaiwi’s court mention moved to June 30

Kaiwi, who was scheduled to appear today for arraignment, did not turn up as court documents regarding his case were not ready.

A large crowd, consisting mostly of late Jenelyn’s relatives, turned up to witness the proceeding, but were told to return tomorrow.

Kaiwi has been charged with wilful murder and remains in the Boroko police station holding cells.

His court appearance would see to a warrant being issued for transfer to the Bomana Corrections facility.