Murder Case Dismissed Due To Lack of Police Evidence

By Theckla Gunga – EM TV News, Port Moresby

Lack of police evidence has resulted in the dismissal of a case, involving dangerous driving which resulted in the death of two people.

Defendant, Martin Suku, who appeared before the Bomana District Court this morning, was told to return home after spending three months at the Bomana prison.

It was alleged that on September 17, 2015, the defendant, Martin Suku. drove a Toyota Camry Sedan, grey in colour from Morata to Waigani.

The court heard that Suku ran off the road and hit two pedestrians at Waigani.

Police investigations revealed that the two died as a result of the accident, and Suku was initially charged for dangerous driving resulting in death.

Following his mention, Senior Magistrate, Cosmos Bidar, said the court had not received an update on the progress of police investigations and can no longer adjourn the case.

It is understood, police prosecutors were not able to get a progressive report on the case and were told that Senior Constable, Godfrey Steven, the officer heading the investigation was on leave.

Following this, Magistrate Bidar struck out the case stating that the matter can be perused again when constable Steven returns from his leave.

In other matters, the National Court has decreased the bail amount K500 to K200 for a woman in her late 20s, Christine Kinawat, who was charged for wilful wounding of another woman.

Kinawat’s case has been adjourned to February 17, also because of lack a of police evidence.

Her case is the third listed today to be adjourned because of lack of police evidence.

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