Norman Carl May

Wobiro's fate to be known today

He has been serving a 10 year sentence since 18 November 2016.

A three-man Supreme Court bench consisting of Justice Panuel Mogish, Justice George Manuhu and Justice Stephen Kassman will give their ruling at 10:30am on the appeals against conviction and sentencing, which Wobiro and two others filed.

On 23 March, Wobiro, Dr Madowa Gumoi and Norman Carl May asked the Supreme Court, through their lawyers by way of appeal, to quash their conviction and sentencing, saying it was flawed and unsound.

K10,000 bail granted to Wobiro and friends

The National Court granted bail for the three after they showed exceptional circumstances. Bail was allowed after conviction pending the sentencing of the three.

Justice Panuel Mogish this afternoon allowed bail after medical reports produced before the court came from reputable medical practitioners and specialists.

He also allowed bail after considering the affidavit of Bomana Jail Commander, Superintendent, Haraha  Keko, that the CIS facility at Bomana was very basic and unable to accommodate, treat and monitor patients with heart conditions.

Lawyers still working on Wobiro’s bail

Loop PNG confirmed with the trio’s lawyer, Justin Wohuinangu that they are still working on getting two affidavits or statements signed. The affidavits will be filed with the bail application.

They are also expecting a southern counsel or a brief out of the case to an expatriate lawyer to move the application before the National Court.

That bail application is expected to come before the National court next week Monday. They are seeking bail before sentencing and after conviction.

Wobiro found guilty of misappropriation

Governor Ati Wobiro and his co-accused; Provincial Administrator Dr Modowa Gumoi, and the chief of Fly Care Foundation Inc. Norman Carl May, were all convicted today by National Court judge, Justice Martin Ipang.

They were found guilty to have conspired in establishing the Fly Care Foundation between January 1and December 30, 2013, by using K7.6 million funding from the provincial government.

They conspired to misappropriate funds through a memorandum of agreement between Governor Wobiro and May for the Foundation to deliver projects in the province.