Magistrate Mariestella Painap

Soldier in New Year standoff fined

Joe Mondo went before Magistrate Maristella Painap on Thursday for his penalty sentence after he earlier pleaded guilty to the offense.

He was arrested and charged with being in possession of a pistol without a license, a charge under Section 27 (a) of the Firearms Act.

Mondo was has a rank of Lieutenant in the army was told by Magistrate Painap that his actions on New Year’s eve which led to the stand-off between Police and Soldiers at the Boroko Police station did not reflect on his rank.

Cop on good behaviour bond

 The Boroko District Court in handing down its sentence against John Pll today warned him not to consume any alcoholic substance during the six-month period as alcohol was the root cause of his case in court.

“I hope that the sentencing I make today will help you become a better person, a better police officer and a better husband and father to your family,” Magistrate Mariestella Painap told Pll.