Courier driver in court on drug charge


A DHL courier company driver denied in a magistrate’s court in Mt Hagen yesterday that he was in possession of 5.4kg of marijuana.
Charged under the Dangerous Drug Act, Benny Livinai, 30, pleaded not guilty and said that when he was arrested he was only doing his job as a delivery driver.
Livinai, a father of two from Kaubwaga, in Milne Bay, told magistrate Jacinta Doa that he picked up
the marijuana from someone on the street in Mt Hagen.
He said that he was only doing his job as a delivery driver and picked up the package from someone in the street, claiming that a man gave him the package to deliver but he was reluctant to name him when asked by the court.
According to police records, Livinai packed the marijuana on Tuesday and was spotted by his colleague who alerted the police.
Police rushed to the Kagamuga DHL office, opened the package, seized the drug and arrested Livinai.
Doa set bail at K3000 and ordered Livinai to return to court with witnesses for the hearing.
In another case, Country Women’s Association Incorporated Group president Anastacia Ame was charged in the Wagani District Court with misappropriating K45,287 belonging to the organisation.
Ame, 51, is from Dakena in Rigo, Central.
It is alleged that she applied between 2005 and last year to use K45,287 belonging to the organisation.
Wilmot adjourned the case to April 13 to give police enough time to complete their investigation.