Walia checkpoint attack

Man not guilty of tribal attack

The court found Michael Apereo not guilty to three counts of murder on Thursday because the State did not prove the element of identification to show he actually committed the offense.

State also did not prove beyond reasonable doubt that he was at Walia check point on Oct 30, 2012.

Apereo had an alibi that he was at home in Mt Hagen with his family at the time of the attack.

Despite allegations that he was the main perpetrator in the tribal attack at the Walia Check point over land issues, the court ruled that his alibi defense was stronger.