Felix Kange case 2016

Kange refused Supreme Court bail again

Kange’s lawyers went before a three-judge Supreme Court bench last Wednesday, Oct 26 and asked the court for bail after the same court had refused a previous application in Sept.

The National Court has also refused two of his bail applications. He asked the court last week to release him on bail pleading he is at risk of being attacked by other prisoners after open threats were made to him.

He also stated in his affidavit that the threats started while he was kept at the Waigani Police station holding cell.

Supreme Court refuses Kange bail application

The attempt at bail before the high court was refused after a three-man Supreme Court bench was not satisfied that Kange established a case that his continued detention was unjustified.

The court was of the view that there were no recent complaints of Kange’s detainment, medical conditions, business administration or family welfare since his last affidavit dated July 29.

Charges against Kange read in court

Felix Kange, 39 of Maia village, Pangia, Southern Highlands Province had the allegations against him read in court, a month after his arrest.

He was arrested by police in June 2 and has been in custody at the  Waigani Police station since.

Magistrate Cosmas Bidar in reading his charge in court said Kange allegedly murdered Morove on the night of  May 14 at the family home at Garden Hills.

He was arrested on June 2 and charged under section 300 of the Criminal Code Act.

Kange refused bail

Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika, in his ruling, refused the bail application sought by Felix Kange.

"A pistol is a dangerous weapon and people who are in possession must take precaution.

"I will exercise court’s discretion, and the interest of justice does not require that this court grant bail," Sir Gibbs said.

The judge said Kange's statement in the police brief facts shows 'carelessness' on his part when he pulled the trigger in a room with other people in it.