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Murder Suspect Released on Court Bail

A man from Jiwaka Province, John Kopi, was released on a K2,000 District Court Bail in Minj, last Month for attempted murder.

This did not rest well with the family of the victim, Mick Mekson, who was sliced in the face by the alleged offender.

The incident occurred 5 years ago, on the eve of the 2012 National Elections in Jimi.

Minj District Court freed the suspect after the court found out that the arresting officer, Senior Sergeant John Gurep and the Prosecutor failed to produce enough evidence to prosecute John Kopi.

On July 2012, Mekson, who was appointed as presiding officer in Jimi was travelling with other polling officials to Jimi to dispatch ballot boxes.

They were blocked and attacked by the accused, Kopi who was also a candidate in Jimi Open.

Kopi fled to Port Moresby but was arrested in 2013 at Waigani.

He was transferred to Mt Hagen police cell while awaiting his court appearance.

Between 2013 and 2016, he escaped four times and was alleged to be freed by police men in Mt Hagen cell and Minj and Banz cellblocks in Jiwaka Province.

The victim’s father is living in fear for preventing his relatives to retaliate.

Meksons father spent money and resources to assist police aid his capture.

Mekson said his family has lost trust on police and they will take the law into their own hands.

The family want Kopi to be re-arrested and locked up while the case returns to Court on December 7.

The case is still pending at the District Court since 2013.

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