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Police Reservist Faces Murder Charge

The reservist police officer, implicated in the death of a regular police in December 2016, has appeared for mention before the Waigani District Court.

Lovo Berua, from Wanigela in the National Capital District, was charged for the murder of a constable.

Berua was apprehended five weeks ago by police in Port Moresby. He was charged for murder on December 16, 2016, and was detained at the police cells until he appeared for his first mention today.

The case was heard by senior magistrate, Mekeo Gauli, at the Bomana Court house this morning.

Police allege that Berua murdered another police officer at the Koki Police Post in December 2016.

Details of the alleged offence were not discussed in court, but Berua was advised by magistrate Gauli that because he was charged for a serious crime, he can only apply for bail at the National Court.

Berua will now be detained at the Bomana Prison, until his matter returns to court in March.

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