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Murder Suspect In Court

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Lae District Court this week adjourned the court case of the suspect involved in the murder of a 20-year-old woman, whose body was found at the PNG Defence Force (PNGDF) training area last month.

The case will now be heard on September 2.

The accused, the son of a PNGDF member, appeared at the Lae District Court on Monday on two counts of wilful murder and infanticide, allegedly committed at Igam Defence Barracks.

The suspect has been identified as Emmanuel Pipingan, 19, from Manus province.

Magistrate Jeremiah Singomat specified the two charges, one for the killing of a woman and the other for the killing of her unborn child.

In the first charge, the accused is alleged to have wilfully murdered 20-year-old Jacklyn Kombukg.

Magistrate Singomat ordered that the remand warrant be issued and the bail application be sought at the National Court.

Earlier this month, police arrested and charged the suspect for the murder of the young woman.

Lae Metropolitan Commander, Chief Superintendent Anthony Wagambie, said a thorough investigation carried out identified the suspect as the boyfriend of the deceased.

Wagambie has acknowledged the relatives of the deceased for their patience during the investigation.

Last month, relatives made a peaceful march to the PNGDF barracks to present a petition to the parents and relatives of the suspect.

The relatives, however, were met by the PNGDF Commander for Igam Barracks where a dialogue was held outside of the barracks main entrance gate.

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