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July 27, 2021

Armed Robbery Case Struck Out

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by Theckla Gunga – EM TV News, Port Moresby

The Bomana District Court has struck out a criminal case involving a man charged on two counts of armed robbery and using a stolen vehicle.

Senior Magistrate, Cosmos Bidar, made the ruling after police investigators failed to provide evidence linking the accused, Kamase Eddy to the crime.  

Kamase Eddy’s case was struck out on the grounds that the police evidence submitted before the courts were not sufficient to connect Eddy to the two offences he was charged for.

Magistrate Bidar, said there was no clear evidence linking Eddy to the offence and dismissed the case stating that though he was alleged to have been involved with four other individuals, their identities were not provided leaving the  court with insufficient information. 

Eddy is the second defendant to have his case struck out due to a of lack of police evidence this week.

On Wednesday, a Western Highlands man accused of killing two people in Port Moresby on September 17, last year, was told to return home after spending three months at the Bomana Prison.

Martin Suku, who was initially charged for dangerous driving resulting in death, had his case struck out also because of lack of police evidence.  

In another matter, one man appeared for mention on four counts of break and enter, stealing, unlawful assaults and wilful damage.

It was alleged that the defendant, Benny Gai, destroyed a number of vehicles at the ATS Compound at Eight Mile on January 27, before he broke into a store and stole store goods and assaulted a woman.

The damage was valued at over K43,000 and Gai was advised by magistrate Bidar to find a lawyer to represent him if he wants to appear for bail.  

His case will return to court on March 4.


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