Justin Parker

Trial against Parker commences

Parker is on trial over the murder of Lapan Nason on June 8, 2015. The late Nason was the Chief aircraft engineer employed in Parker’s company, Golden Valley Enterprise.

At the presentation of the charge and allegations against him by the state, Parker pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder.

It is the state’s allegation that he assaulted the late Nason on June 6, 2015 between 4am and 6am, with the intent of causing grievous bodily harm to him.

Nason died two days later from injuries sustained during the assault.

Date set for Parker to stand trial

He returned to court on Monday morning before Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika, who set the matter for a possible 4-day trial from May 1.

Public Prosecutor Pondros Kaluwin informed the court that the state will proceed the trial on the charge of murder.

Parker was initially charged for wilful murder in June 2015.

The 44-year-old from Minj, Jiwaka Province, was arrested and charged with the wilful murder of his chief aircraft engineer, 54-year-old Lapan Nason, from New Ireland Province, on June 8, 2015.

Parker’s lawyers to examine deceased’s shirt

The exhibit item is the shirt which was worn by the late aircraft engineer, 54-year-old Lapan Nason, of New Ireland Province, whom Parker is accused of killing.  

Court directed that the shirt must be made available this week for analysis under the supervision of either the Police investigating officer in the case or an appointed police officer.

The directions were made on Monday by Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika after requests were made by Parker’s lawyer in court.

Police investigation not business of court

He said the court should not go into the investigation processes of the police when addressing counsels in court on Monday over the case involving Jiwaka businessman Justin Parker.

He made these comments because of an order that was earlier issued by another court for police to conduct DNA tests on a primary evidence material that will be used in the trial.

Parker to ask Supreme Court for bail

The 43-year-old is from Minj, Jiwaka Province. He was arrested and charged with the willful murder of his chief aircraft engineer, 54 year old Lapan Nason from New Ireland Province on June 6 at Gorobe Street, Badili.     

His lawyers filed a bail application in the Supreme Court on Nov 8 seeking bail on the ground he has hypertension and needs urgent medical attention.

Parker’s lawyer went before Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia this morning for the Supreme Court directions hearing where a hearing date for the bail application was fixed.

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Parker expected ruling on Dec 18

Parker expected ruling on Dec 18

Magistrate Cosmas Bidar on Friday (Dec 11) indicated he will proceed  to a ruling next Friday whether or not police prosecution files its submissions before the court.

Bidar indicated this after taking note of Parker’s lawyer’s submission to have the case thrown out after prosecution did not file submissions in response to the defence submission.

Ian Molloy, who was briefed out by Ashurst Lawyers to represent Parker in court, yesterday said his client had been in custody for the past six months and that police had had since December 4 to respond to submissions.

Accused in murder trial expected in court tomorrow

Parker’s lawyer is also expected to present submissions on behalf of his client following an indication before Magistrate Cosmas Bidar on November 4 at the Waigani District Court.

Also tomorrow, police prosecutions will be given the opportunity to respond to the submissions that will be made by Parker’s lawyer.

Police have completed their investigations in relation to the charge of wilful murder and both he and his co-accused Akai Andekumo, also from Jiwaka, have been served their handout brief files.

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Justin Parker’s lawyer to make submissions

His lawyer briefly appeared before Magistrate Cosmos Bidar giving an indication that he will be presenting submissions on November 18.

Also on that day, Police Prosecution will also be given the opportunity to respond to the submissions.

Police investigations against Parker have been completed and both he and his co-accused Akai Andekumo also from Jiwaka have been served their handout brief files.

Parker is facing allegations of willfully murdering his chief aircraft engineer, Lapan Nason, at his home at Gorobe, Badili on June 8.