Court grants bail to woman

The National,Friday July 1st, 2016

A COURT has granted a woman a K200 bail after she appeared without being properly charged by police.
Boroko District Court Magistrate Alex Kalandi handed down the ruling on Maryanne Emma Tura on Wednesday.
The police prosecutor admitted in court that Tura had not been properly processed and charged by the arresting officers with damaging property.
Tura told the court that the police had released her on April 1 on medical grounds but re-arrested her on June 27.
Kalandi queried why Tura was not issued bail after being arrested again by the police.
“The law does not allow police to release defendants on medical grounds to appear before court,” he said.
“But the fault has already been done.”
Kalandi told the court that the defendant suffered from asthma.
Tura was suffering from asthma when she was locked up in the police cell, which prompted police to take her to the Port Moresby General Hospital for treatment on her condition.
Kalandi adjourned the case to July 7.
Meanwhile, a man from Hela who nearly chopped off the hand of another man appeared at the Waigani Committal Court on Tuesday.
Wilson Tagobe, 34, from Tari-Pori, was charged with assaulting Daniel Usapuna on May 28 at Morata 2 in Port Moresby.
Senior Magistrate Cosmas Bidar read Tagobe’s charge of grievous bodily harm and stressed on the threat “bai yu dai” (you will die) Tagobe used before attacking Usapuna.
Bidar told Tagobe that his case was fresh so police would need time to investigate the matter.
It was alleged that Tagobe went to Usapuna’s residence and swung a bush knife at Usapuna’s head but he lifted his arm to block the knife and sustained injuries.