Evidence lacking, fraud case dismissed

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THE Waigani National Court dismissed fraud-related charges against a woman accused of benefitting unlawfully from her late husband’s estate.
Freda Kaman, 50 and from Krumugl village in the Kundiawa district of Chimbu, was alleged to have pretended to be the next of kin for the late Barunke Kaman and transferred the title of a property at Kundiawa, Chimbu, belonging to her husband to her name on Aug 6, last year, at the Department of Lands and Physical Planning in Port Moresby.
Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika ordered the matter to be dismissed after lawyers from the public prosecutor told the court that there was not enough evidence to prosecute Kaman.
Lawyer from the public prosecutor told the court that Kaman was the fifth wife of Barunke and that she was a beneficiary to his estate.
Kaman, who was charged with false pretence and false statutory declaration, was committed in September by the Waigani Committal Court to stand trial.
Police alleged that on Dec 4, 2008 Barunke Kaman passed away at the Pacific International Hospital without a will.
A letter of administration was granted by the National Court to the Office of the Public Curator to administer Barunke’s estate.
Kaman allegedly transferred the property section 1, lot 2, state lease volume 13, folio 119 at Kundiawa to herself by pretending to be the next of kin of her husband.
Police alleged that Kaman did this on Aug 6, last year, without following proper processes at the Department of Lands and without the knowledge of the immediate family of Barunke.
Kaman’s lawyer Douglas Wayne told the court that fraud cases related to registration of state leases and interests on land were purely civil matters and that his client could not be held liable for any criminal acts.

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