Man accused of arson seeks bail

The accused Penias Sasehawa, 22 of Munji village, Yangoru Saussia district, East Sepik is seeking bail from the Waigani  District Court after he was arrested and detained on September 2.

His lawyers from the Public Solicitors office have filed the bail application however that will be heard next month as his affidavit before the court does not contain records that he is a student of the University of Papua New Guinea.

Youths stand trial over arson

Samuel Senginau of Yangoru and Nigel Hunjefery of Wewak in the East Sepik Province, Ezekiel Mambu of Morobe and Andrew Bomang of Tewai-Siassi also in the Morobe Province will stand trial after the Committal Court found there was sufficient evidence against them.

The youths are alleged to have broken into a home at Morobe block on January 26, 2015 and got away with properties worth K20, 000.

It is also alleged that after they stole from the house, they set fire to the whole house.


The Latest: Shooter had been arrested on arson charge

Police officials said at a news conference Friday that 59-year-old John Russel Houser's arrests date 10 to 15 years ago or more. Those include charges of arson and selling alcohol to a minor. 

He had been married once in the past but was not currently married.

In Alabama, records show Houser had four speeding tickets and one no-seatbelt ticket between 1981 and 2003.

No arrests so far over school blaze, say police

Gabaga Raga 27,  arrested last week and charged with unlawful entrance at the school on the night of the fire, is to appear in court today.

He was released on K300 bail last week.

Investigators say Raga remains a suspect even though they could not find evidence that linked him to the burning down of four classrooms last week.

Raga was arrested after witnesses told police he was seen climbing over the school fence hours before the fire started.

Investigators also say they believe the fire may have been started by students and not outsiders.