Kalandi warns to confiscate cell phones


A MAGISTRATE has warned that mobile phones will be confiscated by the court if they go off and disturb proceedings.
Boroko District Court magistrate Alex Kanaldi said mobile phones must be switched before entered a court room.
Kanaldi was presiding over a case when a mobile phone belonging to a man started ringing inside the court room.
“I will start getting mobile phones if they ring in the courthouse,” Kalandi said.
The incident happened when he was hearing pre-sentence submissions from Marryanne Emma Tura facing charges of damaging property, assault and using insulting and threatening words at Bomana in Port Moresby. She was found guilty.
Tura asked for leniency saying she was a first-time offender and was looking after two children – 11 and 12 years old.
Tura told the court that she had also adopted a three year-old who was disabled.
She said she was willing to pay K300 as compensation to the female victim who was pregnant and was her husband’s second wife.
Tura was looking for her two daughters and ended up at New Town in Bomana where the incident took place.
She will be sentenced on November 21.

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