Good Behavior bond

Soldier in Domestic Violence case on good behaviour

George Hanio from Lufa, Eastern Highlands province, returned before the Waigani National Court this morning where he was sentenced to three years in prison.

That sentence was wholly suspended to allow him rehabilitation. He will pay a fine of K500 and was put on good behaviour bond for the next two years.

Hanio pleaded guilty to the charge on April 12.

His case is one of domestic violence where he used a stick to beat up his former wife, leaving her with a broken arm and leg.

The incident took place on June 18, 2015, at Murray Barracks following an argument.

Man fined for bashing wife

Jacob Opa was ordered to pay a compensation of K500 to his wife and is to refrain from further assaulting her for the next three years or will face jail time.

The order came after the court suspended his three months jail term.

The case which arises from a domestic violence issue was dealt with by the court in 30 minutes after it took a year and four months to go for trial.

The matter came to the attention of the court on Wednesday after Opa was arrested by police early this month on a bench warrant at the Hohola police station.

Families of soldiers thanked for keeping faith

 The Military court put all 12 on a two years good behavior bond after it was of the view that a further custody would not be appropriate as the Government and PNGDF failed to sustain their operation in Moro.

The court suspended all their imprisonment terms ranging from three years to a year.

It was an emotional reunion for many of the wives of the soldiers and their children who had to find other means to survive after their husbands and fathers were put off the payroll.