Waigani District Court

Indian apologises for overstaying in PNG

Rajvir Singh arrived in the country on 6 November, 2016, on a 30-day visa. He remained in hiding at East Boroko, Port Moresby, till he was apprehended by police on 10 February.

He was charged under section 16 (1)(a)of the Migration Act; a charge that has a penalty fine not exceeding K5000 or a custodial sentence of 6 months.

He overstayed his visa for 2 months and 4 days.

Singh appeared before the Waigani District Court today where his charge was read and explained to him.

Another police officer to stand trial

Magistrate Cosmas Bidar today ruled there was sufficient to commit the case against Chief inspector Maria Jones for trial in the National Court.

On January 17, 2017, Jones in the company of other police officers conducted a raid at Tatana village for a suspect, Saleh Naime Tom, also known as Charlie Naime whom they believed was involved in the death of another man earlier.

The 40-year-old woman from Kubalia, Yangoru-Saussia district, East Sepik Province was arrested and charged with wilful murder on Monday April 4, 2016.

District Court dismiss case against refugee

Magistrate Mekeo Gauli dismissed the case after lunch today because he was of the view that police prosecution did not prove it's case for the refugee to answer to.

He said a constitutional breach occurred during Sawari's arrest on February 3 because he was not accorded his rights under section 42 of the PNG Constitution before he was questioned for a recorded interview.

The passport which was used by Sawari to travel to Fiji on  January 20, 2017 was also not produced in evidence before court. This passport was vital in police prosecution's case.

Refugee Sawari's trial deferred to end of month

The trial was supposed to commence on Tuesday however it was deferred because police prosecution were unable to organise witnesses in time.

Sawari and his lawyer Loani Henao appeared before Magistrate Mekeo Gauli today.

With the deferral of the trial, the court told police prosecution to make copies of the state witnesses to Sawari's lawyers next week.

His bail of K1,000 has been extended and he is to continue reporting to the Waigani District Court registry.

Refugee to stand trial over false passport

Sawari and his lawyer appeared in the grade 5 court on Friday before Magistrate Mekeo Gauli.

He was formally arraigned, or had his charges read to him in court, where he pleaded not guilty. A trial will be conducted next Tuesday.

The 21-year-old was arrested and charged for providing false information for the purpose of obtaining a PNG passport from the PNG Immigration and Citizen Services Authority, a charge that falls under section 16 (1) of the Passport Act of 1982.

Parker case update: Evidence undergoing DNA tests

Parker went before Justice Panuel Mogish on Wednesday where the state gave an update on the progress of the DNA test, which is being conducted by the City Mobile Medical Services. They are testing the shirt which was allegedly used by Parker to clean the blood of the late Lapan Nason at his Port Moresby home on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

The state informed the National Court that the medical service indicated that DNA tests usually take two weeks, but it can take longer, depending on the type of material used.

Asian committed to stand trial over conspiracy allegations

Magistrate Mekeo Gauli yesterday ordered the committal of Sahundi Sanato to the National Court for trial after he found there was sufficient evidence against him.

Sanato, of Asian origin, was arrested and charged with stealing and conspiring with two others to defraud a man, known as Paiye Bale.

It is alleged that Sanato, between Feb and March 2014 at Waigani, conspired with Jason Koama and Beven Abi to withdraw K65,500 from a Westpac Bank account using a cheque. The account belonged to Paiye Bale.

Sios in court for improper use of ICT services

52-year-old Janet Roland Sios, of Kabanut village, Namatanai district, New Ireland Province went before Magistrate Mekeo Gauli this morning with her lawyer, where her charges were read and explained to her in court.

Magistrate Gauli after reading the charge adjourned her case to Tuesday, Nov 29. Police will now have three months to investigate and produce its investigation files against Sios, or what is called a hand-up brief.

This has been the practice of the Committal Court process and before the court can decide if it has enough evidence against Sios.

Men in doctor’s rape case appear in court

Douglas Joseph Anau and Wesley Joe Bomai are currently being remanded at the Bomana Correctional Institute.

They appeared briefly before Magistrate Cosmas Bidar for mention where they were told Police investigators were still working on collecting evidence to produce their files before the court.

Police prosecution told the court the investigation officer is almost close to producing the files and asked for a further adjournment of the case.

Anau and Bomai are expected back in court on November  4.

Testicles allegedly cut off during argument

From Enga province, Thomas Warepa appeared at the Waigani District Court on Friday where a ruling was supposed to be handed down.

That ruling did not take place because Warepa is illiterate and cannot read nor understand his case files.

Warepa was arrested and has been in court over allegations he attacked another man and cut off his testicles.

"Your case is an unusual one. You had an issue with another man, you grabbed his testicles and broke them. You caused grievous bodily harm to this man," Magistrate Cosmas Bidar told him.