False Pretense


By Eric Haurupma – EM TV News, Port Moresby

A man from East New Britain Province appeared before the Waigani Committal Court in Port Moresby today pertaining to false pretense charges.

It was alleged that Wesley Kopman, by false pretense, obtained a motor vehicle from Nita Lande for the purpose of hire and had used it for personal reasons for 281 days without paying the car hire bills.

Accused, Wesley Kopman, from Vunamami in the East New Britain appeared this morning before Senior Magistrate Cosmas Bidar at the Waigani Committal Court.

It was alleged between 1st and 31st April 2015, Kopman by false pretense obtained a vehicle from Mrs Nita Lande, a hire car dealer.

The court heard that Kopman failed to pay the outstanding hire fees.

In light of this, Kopman was charged under section 4 of the Criminal Code Act.

After cross examining his bail application presented by his laywer, the court found that in a previous matter, the defendant also failed, twice, to appear for court.

Magistrate Bidar said in his first court absence, the court had to make adjournments, however, in his second absence a warrant of arrest was filed and an arrest was executed by police.

This is the second time, he was rearrested by police and charged twice for false pretense.

After considering the evidences submitted in his briefs presented, the court considered a bail application of K1,000.

However, due to his negligent behavior by not appearing in court, the court issued the following conditions while granting the bail.

Kopman is out on a K1,000 bail.
The matter was adjourned to 2nd of June 2016.

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Eric Haurupma

studied at the University of Papua New Guinea graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations. His main areas of expertise within EMTV are the courts, crime and the environment.

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