The National – Wednesday, September 28th 2011
TWO brothers, charged with manslaughter and grievously bodily harm, have been sentenced to serve a total of 14 years in prison.
Tolly Saun, 22, and Stanley Saun, 18, were from the Ambunti area of Wosera-Gawi district, East Sepik, but raised in Biliau Maus Rot settlement in Madang town.
Justice David Cannings sentenced Tolly to 12 years of which he would serve only nine years, 11 months and one week, after taking into account the time he had spent in remand.
Stanley was sentenced to two years and six months but will serve only five months and one week at Madang’s Beon Correctional Institution.
The two committed the offences on Baidal Road, near Wagol, Madang town in the early hours of Sunday, Aug 23, 2009.
Tolly pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter, for the death of Pixie Abel, and one count of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm, for attacking Alfie Abel.
Stanley pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm for attacking Alfie Abel.
The court heard that Tolly and Stanley were drunk with two friends on Baidal Road at 2am when they saw Pixie arguing loudly with his wife.
The two groups started arguing and were joined by Pixie’s brother Alfie who started brandishing a bush-knife at Tolly and his group.
He somehow lost his grip on the knife and fled the scene.
Tolly caught up with him and stabbed him twice with a pocket knife.
He later returned, grabbed the bush-knife and struck Alfie twice on the head.
Cannings said although Tolly was initially attacked by Alfie, he had used excessive force to kill him.
“He unlawfully killed the deceased and has been convicted of manslaughter.
As to the assault on Alfie Abel, no defences are available to either Tolly or Stanley. Grievous bodily harm was done unlawfully,” Cannings said.