Holding cells

Upgraded Kavieng holding cell to be opened

The New Ireland Provincial Police Commander (PPC), Superintendent Albert Beli, said the opening will eventuate after the last quarter parade and launching of the Christmas/New Year operation.

PPC Beli has instructed police station commanders of Kavieng, Namatanai and Lihir, including the rural police station commanders of Taskul, Lakurumau and Konos, to be in Kavieng on Friday, December 22nd, for the final parade of 2023.

“During the parade, I will inspect the vehicle fleet because mobility is important for our operation,” he said.

New facility sees first court sitting

The Magisterial Services moved into the new building last month and the first court sitting for 2017 was heard on Tuesday.

Wednesday morning saw 24 custody matters come for mention before Magistrate Mekeo Gauli, most of which were defendants arrested over the Christmas and New Year period.

The new facility has four courtrooms and separate holding cells for male and female detainees, a feature which the old district court building did not have.