Driver charged with manslaughter of 39 people

Maurice Robinson, 25, was arrested after the bodies of 31 men and eight women were found in Grays on Wednesday.

He is further charged with people trafficking, immigration and money laundering offences, Essex Police said.

Mr Robinson, of Laurel Drive, Craigavon, Northern Ireland, is due before Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Three others, a man and a woman, both 38, from Warrington, Cheshire, and a 48-year-old man from Northern Ireland remain in police custody.

All three were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people.

15 years for manslaughter in Lae

The Lae National Court sentenced Hanson Yatzat after he admitted to stabbing Moses David in the chest on 3 March 2017, which resulted in his death.

The incident took place at the Madang block in Poaba in Lae between 6 and 7pm.

Yatzat was at a black market that evening when the deceased, who was under the influence of alcohol, approached him, hugged him and asked for a cigarette.

Annoyed with him, he pushed the deceased away after he asked for a cigarette.

Gulf man guilty of manslaughter

 Maitae Hereva was convicted over the killing of Morgan Ido on Thursday by Justice George Manuhu.

The Waigani National Court ran a trial against the Gulf man after he pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder.

He was however convicted for manslaughter after the court saw that he had no intention to kill.

He will return to court later this month where submission will be made on what his appropriate penalty should be, with the assistance of the pre-sentence report.

Parker’s motion for extension dismissed

Parker was seeking extension of time to file an appeal against his conviction of manslaughter.

Lawyers representing Parker and the public prosecutor appeared before the Supreme Court this morning.

The state did not oppose the application but told the court it was filed prematurely, as they still had 24 days to comply with the 40 days appeal time frame.

Parker’s lawyers intend to file an appeal against his conviction on May 29 but are still awaiting the written judgment and were seeking an extension of time to be allowed by the Supreme Court to file that appeal.

Youth gets 12 years for manslaughter

Justice Panuel Mogish issued the stern warning at the Waigani National Court when sentencing a 19-year-old to 12 years in prison.

“You can come to court and say sorry and offer to pay compensation, but that will not bring his life back. He’s gone, finished!” he said.

“This is a case where the offender should be imprisoned. He has robbed the life of another young man, and I do not think it would do justice to the deceased if I were to impose a generous sentence.

Man convicted for manslaughter

Russell Simoi Yahena was convicted by the court today for the lesser homicide offense of manslaughter after he stood trial for the charge of murder.

Yahena’s lawyer on Wednesday made a submission in court that he had no case to answer to after  the State had closed its case. The court ruled otherwise this morning and the trial continued.

Justice in sight for Late Morove

Felix Kange, the husband of the Late Morove, was arrested and charged this morning for involuntary manslaughter (murder).

Kange is currently detained at the Waigani police cell and has been refused bail by police.

NCD police commander Sylvester Kalaut told Loop PNG that for now, Kange’s lawyers will have to apply for bail at the National Court.

The late Morove was shot in the back of the head with a gun on May 14 and died instantly.