Election petition cases against Pariwa to proceed

Justice David Cannings delivered that the election petitions filed in court against the sitting regional MP will go to trial.

The first ruling was on objections filed by Mr. Pariwa and the PNGEC against Singirok (petitioner), disputing the election of Mr. Pariwa as member for Madang Provincial in the 2022 general election.

 Singirok’s petition contains two (2) grounds of challenge:

Court sentences man for misappropriation

Rodney Togumagoma, 50 years old from Kiriwina, Milne Bay Province was sentenced to three years imprisonment without hard labour.

The Court ordered that he serve at the Giligili Correctional Institution in the province.

Justice Theresa Berrigan in her decision said, “The crime was serious in nature”.

She ordered that the sentence will be suspended on the conditions that the;

1. Restitution in the sum of K68,400 is paid into Tony Waisi’s account within one year.

2. Serve a total of 80 hours of community service.

Rugby league star Manu Vatuvei pleads guilty in meth importation case

The 35-year-old appeared in the Manukau District Court this morning.

He was due to stand trial this week on charges of importing methamphetamine and possessing methamphetamine for supply.

But he has now entered a guilty plea through his lawyer Vivienne Feyen to a representative importation charge.

Feyen told the court Vatuvei accepted responsibility for his offending.

Vatuvei has been remanded on bail ahead of his sentencing in December.

The Crown has indicated it will withdraw the remaining charges at sentencing.

Elderly woman's assault case struck out

Alice Gepi from Tari-Pori electorate of Hela Province was charged for assault occasioning bodily harm, under s. 340 of the Criminal Code Act.

Police alleged that the defendant’s husband was in a fight with two complainants.

According to court documents, on the 28th of July, the complainants subsequently picked another fight when they arrived with three other relatives at the defendant’s house at Talai Settlement, Port Moresby.

Man charged for theft of over K270,000

Thirty-six-year-old Martus Ninigori from Kafetugu village, Eastern Highlands Province, was arrested and charged with one count of false pretense under s.466 and another count of conspiracy to defraud under s.407 of the Criminal Code Act.

According to court documents, Sterly Ubimo was asked by the defendant to use his Kinne Building & Construction company account to stash money and promised Ubimo a cut in the payment.

Police alleged that Ubimo was informed about the deposit of K274,500 and withdrew the money without giving it to the defendant.


Man admits to stealing K13,000

Lawrence Marone, from Nipa Kutubu in Southern Highlands, pleaded guilty to two counts of false pretense before the Waigani National Court presided over by Justice George Manuhu today.

The facts of the first count was that on July 4, 2018, he stole K10,000 from his victim at BSP Harbour City in the Nation’s Capital.

The facts of the second count of false pretense was that he stole K3,000 from the same victim between July 7 and 14 at Rainbow, Gerehu, also in the Nation’s Capital.

Bus crew gets 22 years for passenger's murder

In 2015, the Goroka National Court convicted Andy Wai of murder pursuant to section 300 of the Criminal Code and imposed the 22-year sentence.

In 2017, Wai sought a review of the conviction and sentence on six grounds, five of which were in regards to the availability and credibility of State witnesses.

Today, a bench comprising of Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika and Justices Peter Toliken and Hitelai Polume- Kiele dismissed the “incompetent” appeal.

Aussie man facing sex charges to return to court

A ruling is expected on whether there is sufficient evidence to commit him to stand trial at the National Court.

Charged with two counts of sexual touching, Terry Shane Geddes of Woodside, Brisbane, appeared at the Lorengau Committal Court last week, where submissions were presented to the presiding magistrate, Ben Kome.

The defendant is on K15,000 National Court bail and should return to court on 17th June. 


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Student allegedly burns down classroom

About 200 students from Kila Kila Secondary School are now left without a classroom after it was allegedly set alight this afternoon.


Kandep trial next Monday

The petition trial over the Kandep open seat, filed by former MP, Don Polye will start next week Monday.

Land needed for Goroka court facilities

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia said they have had several discussions with the provincial administration but when those discussions will materialise is unclear.

The National and District Court service facility for Eastern Highlands Province is currently compact in a small piece of land in Goroka Town.

The National Court facility was recently upgraded and opened.

The District Court facility, on the other hand, needs to be completely broken down and reconstructed.

Sir Salamao said the building is from the colonial era and is a safety hazard.