By TABITHA NERO
THE Waigani Committal Court last week restricted a man from entering a property which he was alleged to have damaged.
Saka Ben Wia, 62, from Tsak Valley in the Wapenamanda district of Enga was charged with damaging the property of Jeffery Kennedy located along the Hubert Murray Highway in Port Moresby, National Capital District (NCD), between Aug 11 and 16 this year.
Wia was also charged with causing grievous bodily harm and unlawful assault to two other people at the same place, on Aug 11 and Aug 17. Senior magistrate Mekeo Gauli told the court that all the charges against Wia were serious and that police would have to establish evidence of the charges.
Police prosecutor John Wamugl made an application in court for Wia not to interfere with state witness until police complete their investigations.
Magistrate Gauli granted the prosecutions’ application and ordered that Wia must not interfere with or enter the property which he allegedly damaged.
The court heard that the alleged incident occurred because of a land dispute over the property of Kennedy located along the Hubert Murray Highway in Port Moresby, NCD.
Police allege that on Aug 11 and Aug 17 of this year Wia visited Kennedy’s property twice with a back hoe and vehicles allegedly fully loaded with people.
Upon arrival Wia allegedly took out his private pistol and started to fire and the people who came with him allegedly attacked others who were on the property namely Nikil Saka and Steven Nop, who sustained serious injuries.
Wia then allegedly ordered the back hoe driver to drive over and destroy all the fence posts that were erected on the property. A about 400 meters of fencing valued at K28,624.45 was allegedly destroyed.
The matter will return to court on Oct 10.
Wia’s K500 bail was extended.
By TABITHA NERO