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Man admits to stealing K13,000

Lawrence Marone, from Nipa Kutubu in Southern Highlands, pleaded guilty to two counts of false pretense before the Waigani National Court presided over by Justice George Manuhu today.

The facts of the first count was that on July 4, 2018, he stole K10,000 from his victim at BSP Harbour City in the Nation’s Capital.

The facts of the second count of false pretense was that he stole K3,000 from the same victim between July 7 and 14 at Rainbow, Gerehu, also in the Nation’s Capital.

Bus crew gets 22 years for passenger's murder

In 2015, the Goroka National Court convicted Andy Wai of murder pursuant to section 300 of the Criminal Code and imposed the 22-year sentence.

In 2017, Wai sought a review of the conviction and sentence on six grounds, five of which were in regards to the availability and credibility of State witnesses.

Today, a bench comprising of Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika and Justices Peter Toliken and Hitelai Polume- Kiele dismissed the “incompetent” appeal.

Aussie man facing sex charges to return to court

A ruling is expected on whether there is sufficient evidence to commit him to stand trial at the National Court.

Charged with two counts of sexual touching, Terry Shane Geddes of Woodside, Brisbane, appeared at the Lorengau Committal Court last week, where submissions were presented to the presiding magistrate, Ben Kome.

The defendant is on K15,000 National Court bail and should return to court on 17th June. 

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Student allegedly burns down classroom

About 200 students from Kila Kila Secondary School are now left without a classroom after it was allegedly set alight this afternoon.

http://www.looppng.com/png-news/student-allegedly-burns-down-classroom-78833

 

Kandep trial next Monday

The petition trial over the Kandep open seat, filed by former MP, Don Polye will start next week Monday.

Land needed for Goroka court facilities

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia said they have had several discussions with the provincial administration but when those discussions will materialise is unclear.

The National and District Court service facility for Eastern Highlands Province is currently compact in a small piece of land in Goroka Town.

The National Court facility was recently upgraded and opened.

The District Court facility, on the other hand, needs to be completely broken down and reconstructed.

Sir Salamao said the building is from the colonial era and is a safety hazard.

Youth asks court for mercy

Yesterday he apologised in court and to the victim of his crime, which was committed at the Two-Mile hill bus stop.

The Koki to Two-Mile route is one where many women and mothers have fallen victim to armed hold ups while commuting on PMVs.

Yesterday, Toho Peter, a youth who lived at the Two-Mile settlement, appeared at the Waigani National Court where he admitted to robbing a policewoman who was in a bus on 7 April last year.

His guilty plea was accepted by the court.

Tari-Pori petition trial commences

Summons were also issued by the court today for the Tari Election manageress and Returning officer to appear in court this Friday.

Following the March 13 ruling which saw 10 of the 13 petition grounds dismissed, parties returned before Justice David Cannings today.

Two preliminary motions were addressed this morning by the court before trial commenced.

James Marape’s lawyer, Robert Leo asked the court to reconsider its decision of March 13, when it dismissed his objection to competency motion.

Duo guilty of misappropriating PNGTA monies

Andrick Yangro and Joan Kalama were convicted for misappropriating a total of K138,226.10 between the months of May and July in 2016.

Yangro was caretaker administration officer while Kalama was Chairperson of the board.

They were appointed on the interim board following the suspension of PNGTA l General Secretary Ugwalubu Mowana.  

The National Court reinstated Mowana on 21 July 2016.

That evening, around 7pm, Yangro got the payroll officer and took them to the PNGTA office to process payroll for the staff, an amount of K98,000.

Manase’s win challenged in court

He filed the petition challenging the election of rival Alfred Manase as Kandep MP.

Polye is alleging bribery, undue influence against Manase and illegal practices, errors and omission against the Electioral Commission in the petition.

A total of eight witnesses will be summoned by his lawyers to appear in court for the trial, on a date that is yet to be set.

Speaking to supporters outside court, he claims the election was rigged and has taken it to the Court of Disputed Returns.

He says the people of Papua New Guinea must stand up for what is far and right.

Week-in-review for court

Nineteen election petitions came for directions hearing, amongst those was the one filed against Madang MP Bryan Kramer http://www.looppng.com/png-news/duban-files-petition-against-kramer-67398 , the petition filed against Rigo MP Lekwa Gure http://www.looppng.com/png-news/pala-disputes-gure%E2%80%99s-win-67444 , East New Britain Governor, Nakikus Konga