Argument over market table lands Hela man in court

The National, Wednesday July 20th, 2016

An argument over a market table has resulted in a man from Hela appearing before the court for insulting behaviour and assault.
Ipari Taitia from Tari in Hela, appeared before Boroko District Court Magistrate Laura Kuvi.
Taita was charged with one count of insulting behaviour and one count of assaulting Peter Andale at Gordons market in the National Capital District on July 9.
Taitia was charged under Section 6, Subsection 3 of the Summary Offences Act.
He denied both allegations.
According to a police brief read in court, the accused moved towards the complainant and pushed him over towards the market table.
The report stated that Taitia also assaulted the complainant and punched him on the chest.
The defendant told the court that he left his table to buy cigarettes to resell andon returning he met the victim occupying his table to sell betel nuts.
Taitia told the court that the complainant was a person living with disability and he scolded him for selling betel nuts because there was a ban on the sale of betel nuts in the city.
He said Andale reacted and scratched his eye.
The case was adjourned to Aug 9 for trial by the Boroko District Court. The parties were told to return for mention.