Police officer to stand trail


THE Waigani Committal Court last week committed a police officer, charged with rape of a detainee, to stand trial at the National Court.
Jerike Mokmane, 31, from Kerowagi district of Chimbu was alleged to have raped a 17-year-old girl on Dec 13, last year at Boroko police station in National Capital District (NCD).
Magistrate John Kaumi told the court that there was enough evidence to warrant Mokmane to stand trial at the National Court.
He instructed Mokmane to speak with his lawyer and give his statement for the purpose of Section 96 of the District Court Act, and adjourned the matter.
Kaumi extended Mokmane’s police bail and ordered him to return to court on Oct 4.
Police allege that on Dec 13, last year a 17-year-old girl who was newly married was brought to Boroko police station by her husbands’ relatives who accused her of adultery.
Mokmane who was on duty at the time decided to detain the victim but allegedly told her that he would let her go if she hid in the male toilet, which she did.
Mokmane then allegedly raped her in the male toilet and again in the change room.
The matter was reported to Waigani police station after the victim was picked by a couple at the Somare Foundation roundabout where she was allegedly dropped off by other policemen. Mokmane denied all the allegations when he was arrested and charged on Dec 30 last year.

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