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Three Found Guilty, 26-Year Sentence Given

The Waigani National Court has found three people guilty of having been involved in a rape incident that happened in Port Moresby in 2012.

The court found defendants, Lolo Bellamy and co-accused, Hobai Haro and Daniel Meakaro, guilty of four counts of aggravated rape to the complainant, Prizah Ove.

A convicted sentence of 26 years was granted to each of the defendants, who appeared in person before Justice Panuel Mogish for their sentencing.

Appearing from custody for sentencing this morning at the Waigani National Court was defendant, Lolo Bellamy, from Milne Bay and co-accused, Douba Kapina, and Daniel Meakoro from Gulf Province.

They were found guilty of four counts of aggravated rape with grievous bodily harm under section 347 of the Criminal Code Act.

The court heard that on January 2012, the complainant and her brother were returning from a night club in Port Moresby to buy beer near Erima Surburb in Port Moresby when a fight broke out between her brother, and another man.

There, defendant Lolo Bellamy, took her to his house and then informed co-accused Kapina and Meakoro before they forcefully dragged her into a nearby banana garden, and continuously raped her.

Justice Panuel Mogish, while sentencing the defendants, said rape is a serious crime in the country, and for their offence, life sentence is the maximum penalty.

Each of the defendants was sentenced to 26 years of imprisonment with hard labor.

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