130 years in total for Maybank robbers

The Waigani National Court this morning sentenced two of the men to 25 years in prison while four were given 20 years in jail each.

Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika gave a concurrent sentence to the six; Casper Louis, Paul Steven, Gelison William, Hubert Korede, Stewart Korina and Samson Banaso.

They were convicted for conspiring to steal and stealing.

The charge for stealing they stood trial for is under the amended section 372(1)(A)(7) of the Criminal Code Act that was done on Sept 18, 2013. The Robbery was committed on Oct 4, 2013.

Aitape man to be sentenced this week

From Ali island,  Aitape in the West Sepik Province he was found guilty by the Waigani National Court on February 10 for forging his former wife’s signature twice to sell their house without her knowledge and consent in year 2000.

Steven returned to court today for submission on sentence. He was given the opportunity to address the court on what his appropriate penalty sentence should be.

He told the court that his former wife had knowledge and consented to him facilitating the sale of the property with some of the sale proceeds given to her when he went to Rabaul.

Pokea sentence next month

Southern Highlands man, Billy Sapsi Pokea returned to court today with his lawyer, where submissions were made in court on what his appropriate penalty sentence should be.

Pokea was given the opportunity to address the court before submissions were made by counsels.

He spoke of his history as a public servant for 26 years and his contribution to the country. He also highlighted his family background and the fact that he has children who are still in school when asking for the leniency of the court.

Robbery accessory gets five year sentence

Justice Panuel Mogish of the Waigani National Court sentenced 40- year- old Thomas Karo, of Aroma, Central Province to serve a term of 11 years in jail.

He later dedicated time spend in remand (three years, three months, one week and two days) from the sentence and further suspended two years for Karo to be placed on a two year good behaviour bond after he is released from custody. 

He said this case is not where sentence will be wholly suspended ordering Karo to serve  five years, eight months, two weeks and five days at the Bomana jail.

Woman gets 14 years sentence for murder

 The Bomana National Court this week sentenced Lucy Jacob to 16 years in prison however one year nine months was subtracted for time spent in remand.

She was convicted in September over the killing of her husband on January 7 last year along the Hiritano Highway, Central Province.

The court found Jacob stabbed her husband on his chest with a knife, which led to his death.

The offense took place around 5pm that afternoon of January 7 last year after the couple had a heated argument in the PMV truck while traveling along the Hiritano Highway.