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Rape Cases Increasing in Lae

Last week, National Court Judge, Justice Panuel Mogish sentenced a security guard in Lae to 10 years for rape.

There are a number of sexual abuse cases which questions the safety of women and girls at home and public places.

A member of the State Counsel said in many cases, there is a serious breach of trust and abuse of position involved when these crimes are committed.

The former security guard in his late 30’s appeared at the Lae National Court after spending the last year in remand awaiting sentencing.

Justice Panuel Mogish said Samson Ambe will serve only 5 years 6 months. Three years were suspended and a further 1 year, 6 months deducted for the time spent in custody.

Samson Ambe was working as a security guard at Angau General hospital at the time he committed the offence.

Ambe had demanded K50 from the victim for chewing betel-nut on the hospital premises, he then proceeded to rape her after the victim said she didn’t have money to pay him.

Justice Mogish has been in Lae for the last 3 weeks to speed up sentencing for remandees at the Buimo prison.

So far, he has attended to more than 40 cases, of which 20 are of rape.

Two other male offenders at Lae’s National Court also pleaded guilty on two separate rape cases in Lae.

Justice Mogish sentenced the men to 16 years each at Lae’s Buimo jail.

However, one will serve 12 years and 5 months, while the other will serve 11 years and 10 months.

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