Army officer, Lt. Mariano Oa, who attacked partner and boxer, Debbie Kaore, has been granted a K1200 Court bail by the Waigani District Court.
His appearance in court comes four days after he was filmed head butting and hitting Kaore with a hot iron. The incident sparked a raging debate in Papua New Guinea.
The Court heard that Oa’s request for police bail was refused, according to the NCD Metropolitan Superintendent, Perou N’Dranou granting of Oa a police bail would only draw more social media debate.
Bail, however, was granted, with Magistrate Tracey Ganaii saying matters going viral on social media is not a ground for refusal of bail and ordered that Oa be released on bail under strict conditions.