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Two PNG Defence Force Soldiers charged with Murder granted bail

Two Papua New Guinea Defense Force personnel charged with the willful murder of former NCD Police Commander for Zone 3 Inspector Andrew Tovere were granted bail with conditions today by the Waigani National Court.

The two accused Richard Ule and James Supa were each granted K2000 court bail.

After considering a bail submission by Robbie Yanson, the lawyer representing the two accused, Acting Justice Paul Tusais granted bail based on a report from Bomana Correctional Service about the overcrowding of remandees at Bomana.

Acting Justice Tusais says the court has considered this as an exceptional circumstance in light of the current increase in the number of COVID 19 cases and the risk of it entering the prison community is critical.

He however rejected the other bail conditions submitted by their lawyer.

Acting Justice Tusais told the two that the conditions of the bail are that they must report to the National Court Crime Registry every second Monday between 9:30am and 3:30pm, must not interfere with state witnesses, both must reside at ATS, must not move out of NCD, must not consume alcohol and shall be on good behavior and not disturb peace.

They will appear for their next court hearing on 30 July, 2020.

The late Senior Inspector was allegedly assaulted by drunken off-duty soldiers at the ATS Settlement in Port Moresby on 8 May this year while responding to reports of the sale of alcohol by a black market at the settlement.

He passed away the next day after being admitted to Port Moresby General Hospital from the injuries he sustained.

His passing also marks the first of its kind for PNG where a member of a disciplinary force lost his life in the hands of its sister organization.

FM100/PNG Today

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