Court jails cousins for incest

The National,Thursday June 16th, 2016

TWO first cousins in East New Britain were sentenced recently to five years each in jail for having an incestuous relationship.
The National Court in Kokopo sentenced Janice Lucas and Sakia Tobing from Tinganagalip village in Central Gazelle after they were found guilty.
The court heard that between Jan 2014 and Jan 2016, the two prisoners were having a long term relationship.
When their parents and village elders found out, they tried to stop them but the couple would not listen.
Even the village court tried to settle the matter several times, but to no avail.
The father of the male offender took a bold stand and reported the matter to the police and the two were arrested.
The court heard that the father and mother of the two prisoners were biological brother and sister.
The father and mother of the two prisoners expressed great concern over their children’s actions saying it was highly immoral and degrading to the Tolai custom.
Justice Salatiel Lenalia told the two that they did not respect their parents’ concern and that of the community leaders.
He sentenced the two to five years in jail and suspended two years and they will serve the balance of three years.