Court Refuses Kange’s Bail Application

By Vasinatta Yama – EMTV News, Port Moresby

The lawyer accused of shooting his wife to death last month, applied for another bail application at the Waigani National Court but was again rejected today.

Deputy Chief Justice, Sir Gibbs Salika, said the story of the shooting appeared to be strange, and refused the application in the interest of Justice.

Felix Kange was originally charged for manslaughter on May 30, but the charge was upgraded to murder on May 9.

The application today was the first for his murder charge, and the second for both charges.

Felix Kange has had another attempt to seek bail refused by Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika of the National Court.

The court ruled that the story of the alledged shooting of the lawyer’s partner, the late Regina Morove, appeared to be inconclusive.

Kange was originally charged with manslaughter on May 30, however, the charge was upgraded to murder on June 9.

The ruling on his bail application today was the first with regard to his murder charge.

Three affidavits were presented in court today; one from Kange, and two from eye witnesses.

According to Kange’s statement on the summary of facts, at around 8pm on the night of May 14, the accused and Morove, along with their son, her cousin sister and her boyfriend were preparing to go for dinner at a hotel.

Morove and her sister were doing their make up in the room when Kange walked in, opened the drawer next to the wife and pulled out his pistol.

From the summary of facts, Kange pushed the magazine in and the pistol accidently went off, consequently killing Morove.

The court considered this story to be strange, and questioned why he had gone to the room when two women were simply applying their make up. The court also questioned why he needed the gun, and why he had to load it in front of others.

Sir Gibbs Salika ruled that Kange had stated nothing of what had happened prior to 8pm.

He also ruled that the accused did not state the timings of when the gun went off, when Morove was taken to the hospital, then the funeral home, and when Kange registered the complaint at the police station.

The court rejected Kange’s plea that he needed to come out to pay his employees, and that if he is still in police custody, his children will suffer.

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