Unlawful assault

Police officers to stand trial for assault

First Constable Onesmus Kiki attached to the Waigani Police Station and Senior Constable Dunstan Wunum attached to the Boroko Police Station appeared before the Waigani Committal Court on Tuesday, 6th of February, 2024.

They were committed by the Committal Court to stand for trial at the National Court due to sufficient evidence by the Police Prosecutor.

Assault cases involving women on rise

Magistrate Laura Kuvi today said the number of women appearing in court for assault cases in relation to affairs is on the rise.

Her comments today comes after Magistrate Mariestella Painap also raised the same sentiments last Thursday when handing down the sentence against a woman who assaulted another woman on assumptions she was having an affair with her husband.

Magistrate Kuvi said the Boroko District Court sees up to 10 unlawful assault cases a day, all related to fights between women over affairs.  

Magistrate concerned over cases of fights

A magistrate who had been dealing with those cases today said in court that people don’t realise their actions until they are arrested or sent to Bomana.

Magistrate Mariestella Painap said most women do not think of their children’s welfare when they fight over their husbands with other women.

“Fights over men, women every day I see and hear those cases every day and I am tired of fight cases coming to court. We are not fighting over good things,” she said in court when sentencing a woman today.