Case struck out over lack of evidence


MAGISTRATE Paul Puri Nii says a defendant’s rights is protected by the law.
He said this at the Waigani Committal Court yesterday when striking out a case against Murphy Miro, 32, from Central and John Danny, 26 from Gulf for lack of police evidence.
“I am satisfied that police offered no evidence in this court regarding the offence of armed robbery,” he said when ruling that the information of Miro and Danny be struck out for want of police evidence and both be discharged from custody.
Police prosecutor Sgt Regina Kilip told the court that she had told the police informant to make a statement to explain the delay of police file.
Kilip said, however, the informant’s statement did not reach the prosecution in time.
Magistrate Nii told the court that co-accused Saku Ive, 22, from Gulf was not present in court and his status was unknown.
Sgt Kilip then made an application for an arrest warrant to be issued on Ive.
On Nov 21, 2021, police alleged that the three men and another unknown accomplice armed with two factory made pistols and a homemade gun, held up the manager and staff of Desh Besh of Tokarara.
They stole more than K10,000 in cash and goods valued at around K50,000.