Waigani District Court

Court dismisses Malaysian man’s case

Ting Tiew Wei a Melanesian worker of a timber company, was offered K25000 from a local woman with the intension of buying cigarettes.

The case was first held on the 22nd of August 2016 and was adjourned for mention today.

However, Magistrate Cosmas Bidar found that there was no evidence against the defendant and therefore dismissed the case.

Meantime, the court has issued an order for the refund of the defendant’s bail money.

 

 

Riki Kali in court

Ironically, the owner of the vehicle is from Manus.

Kali returned to court on Thursday. After a brief appearance, his case was adjourned to June 22.

In the meantime, the police prosecution will be giving his hand up brief, the files containing the police investigations, to the office of the Public Prosecutor.

The Public Prosecutor will then decide through what is called an election, if the case should proceed to trial in the grade 5 court and be dealt with summarily or go through the Committal Court process.

Ugandan teen asks to remain in country

The 19-year-old appeared at the Waigani District Court on Thursday, after he was arrested on arrival at the Jackson's International Airport on February 15.

Paul Muyanja has been kept in custody since his arrest at the Waigani Police station.

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 told the court through his lawyer today that he comes from a war-torn area in Uganda and does not want to go back.

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.