The National, Wednesday, May 11, 2011
THE theft of a 10,000l water tank has seen the Wabag national and district courts close indefinitely.
The Wabag court house put up a public notice on Monday morning advising people it would close indefinitely.
Provincial police commander Martin Lakari said yesterday from Wabag the court closed its doors after the Tuffa tank left near the court house on Sunday night went missing.
Lakari said the closure of the court house now made the work of police prosecution very complicated “because they can’t take remandees to the district court or process their cases”.
He said offenders arrested must be taken to the district court for mention within the 24 hours, something they could no longer do.
He said on Monday morning the police prosecution was supposed to prosecute three offenders and four more yesterday but had not.
Lakari said a week’s closure would see a major backlog of cases.
Lakari said he could not transport the offenders to Porgera to have their cases heard because the court there had its own cases to deal with.
He said police were investigating the theft of the water tank.
He appealed to anyone with the stolen tank to return it to the court house, adding that those responsible would be dealt with accordingly.