Waigani court

Security beefed up at courthouse

The office of the sheriff has installed a new security screening point which has seen people walking through a metal detector before entering the building.

Operated by the National Judiciary Services security guards, the security screening also includes the inspection of all bags.

Sheriff of PNG Ian Augerea in a statement said all court users and those from the legal profession will be subject to the screening process.

“The screening is an additional measure to ensure all court users can access justice without the fear of violence or the threat of weapons.

Lawyer finally files submissions

Counsel representing Ganima Samuel, Frank John and Pakanda Las finally filed written submissions before the Waigani District Court on Jan 22 this year.

Magistrate Cosmas Bidar made this known in court today after the three accused returned to court but this time without their lawyer.

Bidar said the matter has been a long outstanding case since its first mention on April 15, 2015 in court.

He allowed one final adjournment to Feb 4 to give the youths’ lawyer to be in court before he proceeds with a ruling on the case.