By Sylvester Gawi – EM TV, Lae
The prime suspect in the shooting of Moana Pisimi, in Lae, on New Year’s day has been committed to stand trial in the National Court.
Presiding magistrate, Jeremiah Singomat made the ruling yesterday at the Lae District and says, there is substantial evidence for the district court to warrant commit the defendant to the National Court.
Magistrate Singomat also gave orders for the bail to be extended.
In the last three months, the shooting of the young mother Moana Pisimi, has attracted widespread calls for justice to be served on the person who pulled the trigger. The police commissioner responded by sending in an investigation team from Port Moresby to investigate the shooting.
There was evidence of shots being fired from a high-powered rifle from about 50 metres away. Investigations revealed that the shot was fired by a police officer. The court findings revealed there was a car chase of a white Toyota Land Cruiser on the road towards Malahang leading to the scene where the shooting took place.
The court also found that the defendant was the only person to have been in possession of a firearm, and the description best matched the high-powered rifle.
Medical evidence showed that a bullet entered the back of the deceased’s head and exited at the right side of the head.
Brain damage also caused damage to other internal organs, resulting in her death.