Morata one

Suspect’s mental state to be assessed

The 29-year-old man was arrested and detained for the death of his two sons, aged 5 and 3, at Port Moresby's Morata One settlement on Tuesday April 27th.

NCD Metropolitan Superintendent, Gideon Ikumu, said: “At the time of the incident, we don’t know the mental state of the person that committed the double murder.”

The suspect was detained at the police station while police were waiting for medical officers to examine him.

It is believed the killing occurred after the man had a bitter argument with his wife.

Morata settlers’ appeal fixed for hearing

Filed in the Supreme Court by the Morata New Block Community and Welfare Association on 30 November 2016, the appeal was supposed to be heard in October last year.

The trial did not eventuate but has now been set for February 14, 2018.  

Chairman of the Morata New Block Community and Welfare Association, Romny Tengere, went before the Waigani National Court today with an urgent application.

He was trying to ask the court to vary the blanket stay order that was issued early last year against the eviction of other settlers, who are not parties to the case.