Trial

Fr. Jan appears for mention at National Court

He was committed by the Waigani Committal Court on the 1st of September to stand trial for allegations of official corruption.

The suspended DHERST Secretary appeared before Justice Teresa Berrigan.

Fr. Jan’s K3,000 District court bail was converted to National court bail where he was ordered to appear on the 4th of October for trial.

Justice Teresa Berrigan also granted to allow him to travel to Ialibu, Southern Highlands in his capacity as the Executive Chairman of the Western Pacific University, after he had requested the court.  

MH17 plane crash: Trial hears trauma of relatives demanding justice

About 90 relatives will speak at the high-security court in Schiphol over the next three weeks.

International investigators say the plane was shot down with a missile fired by pro-Russian rebels.

Three Russians and a Ukrainian are on trial but none will appear in court. All four have denied involvement.

The Malaysian Airlines flight was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on 17 July 2014 when it was downed. It crashed in the Donetsk region, about 50km (30 miles) from the Russia-Ukraine border.

Simbu man’s trial on alleged human trafficking to continue

The trial against Willie Gare on six charges of human trafficking and one count of rape will continue after the court dismissed an application yesterday, which asked the court to acquit him of all the charges.

The trial against Gare commenced on 4 October at the Waigani National court with seven counts of human trafficking and one of rape.

Tari-Pori petition trial commences

Summons were also issued by the court today for the Tari Election manageress and Returning officer to appear in court this Friday.

Following the March 13 ruling which saw 10 of the 13 petition grounds dismissed, parties returned before Justice David Cannings today.

Two preliminary motions were addressed this morning by the court before trial commenced.

James Marape’s lawyer, Robert Leo asked the court to reconsider its decision of March 13, when it dismissed his objection to competency motion.

Tatana trial stopped, cops discharged

Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika today discharged Philip Pokop, Lawrence Sausau, Ian Gunawi, Mariah Jones and Jeffrey Sheekiot from the murder allegations they were facing, putting a stop to their trial.

They were discharged after he upheld an application their lawyer moved in court.

At the close of state’s evidence yesterday, their lawyer this morning moved a no-case submission asking the court not to proceed to hear evidence from the accused in the case. This was on the ground the state did not meet certain requirements in the evidence act.

Siblings to stand trial

The case of grievous bodily harm against Alma Jagiri (33), Bernard Jagiri (29) of Tufi, was committed to the Waigani National Court for trial.

They will go for listing before the National Court at the end of the month.

Their younger brother, a 17-year-old was also implicated in the allegations, however his case was dismissed from the Juvenile court.

Both went appeared before Magistrate Mekeo Gauli asking for the case against them to be struck out too however he said the evidence against Bernard showed that he was very much involved in the fight too.

This week in court- review

The petition that was filed challenging Member for Moresby South, Justin Tkatchenko’s win has been listed to go for trial.

This is the first election petition, out of the 77 that were initially filed, to have its trial date set in the Court of Disputed Returns.

Filed by Samson Kirilyo, the trial will be heard at Waigani National Court buildings from November 20-24.

Read full story on http://www.looppng.com/png-news/first-election-petition-trial-date-set-68020

BSP trial adjourned

The adjournment is to allow time for businessman and Madang Governor Peter Yama, to get proper legal advice and file his submissions on a counter-claim of K17 million by BSP against the Yama Group of Companies.

Yama filed the lawsuit in 2015, claiming the damage of K2.7 billion, after the Supreme Court on December 2014, ruled in favour of Smugglers Inn Ltd and the Yama Group of Companies, following a 13-year court battle with Bank South Pacific (formerly PNG Banking Corporation).

Trial on for Kone armed robbery

Sese Mala of Lelefu village, Malalaua, is alleged to have been involved in the armed robbery of 777 Pokies bar and restaurant, along with five others, on June 30, 2015.

The court was told today that Mala and others entered the 777 Pokies bar and restaurant between 2pm-3pm, took valuables from customers, cash, alcohol, flex cards and cigarettes, all valued at K5000, while armed with two factory made pistols.

They made away with K2000 cash.

At the presentation of the charge against him in court, Mala pleaded not guilty, which prompted the commencement of the trial.

Man on trial for assaulting 6yo cousin

The man today appeared in the Waigani National Court and pleaded not guilty to the two charges that were laid against him by the prosecutor.

It is alleged he sexually assaulted his cousin sister, who was six years old then, at the family home at Nine-Mile on 18 September, 2015.

The house belonged to his father. The accused is the adopted son of the home owner, who is the elder brother of the victim’s father.