National Court Trial

Father guilty of persistent sexual abuse

 The Waigani National Court convicted him after the court was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that he did sexually penetrate his daughter following a trial.

He will return to court today where the court will hear submissions on sentence. 

Presiding judge, Justice Nicholas Kirriwom in his ruling on verdict said the father lied to the court that he only sexually touched his daughter.

He said there was no logic that a sensible person would believe the father would have picked her up from school in three different occasions just to fondle her.

Kange's case to go for trial

The Waigani Committal Court on Tuesday made a ruling it had sufficient evidence that this was a case of criminal negligence by Kange.

In light of the Court's ruling, he exercised his rights to remain silent in response to the court finding of sufficient evidence to commit his case for trial.

He is expected to appear in the National Court on April 24 for listing.

Kange is from Maia village, Pangia in the Southern Highlands Province.

Trial date moved for landowner and lawyer

David Kaya and his lawyer, Philip Kamen, will stand trial in Kiunga on April 3. They appeared at the Waigani National Court today before Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika, who finalised the trial date.

The trial was initially set for March 6 however, that has been moved because presiding judge in Daru, acting Judge Danajo Koeget, will be away in Kerema on Court Circuit.

Man stands trial for continuous rape of woman

Nigel Kipma of Wosera, East Sepik Province, is facing allegations he abducted and continuously raped a woman, who was 16 years old at the time, between Dec 10 and Dec 15, 2010. This happened at the Institute of Public Administration residential area. He was 20 years old at that time.

He is standing trial for one count of abduction and eight counts of aggravate rape.

Ruling on Wobiro trial tomorrow

This decision from the trial has been outstanding since April when the trial was conducted in Daru. Submissions on what should be the decision of the trial were done on May 25 by Wobiro’s lawyer and lawyers from the tate.

Governor Ati Wobiro and his co-accused; Western Provincial Administrator Dr Modowa Gumoi, and the chief of Fly Care Foundation Inc. Norman Carl May are facing identical charges of misappropriating funds totaling K7.9 million, charges that arose from counts of abuse of office, conspiracy to defraud and misappropriation of public funds.

Decision on verdict for Wartoto next week

 Wartoto and his lawyer were in court this morning when the matter was mentioned. Justice George Manuhu told the court he will hand down the decision next  Friday, July 15.

This comes after a trial was conducted in February this year into the misuse of the Kerevat National High school renovation funds in 2009.

State alleges that the funds amount to K7.9 million that were paid to Sarakolok West Transport (SWT), a company that Wartoto was the Managing Director of in 2009.