By BOURA GORUKILA
A MAGISTRATE yesterday ordered that a man facing a wilful murder charge be remanded in a prison, not a police station, and that his safety should be the responsibility of warders and police.
Magistrate Tracy Ganaii made the ruling after police prosecutor Chief Inspector Polon Konui and defence lawyer Clifford Zazeng of Lakakit and Associates argued in court over where Bosip Kaiwi, 25, who is charged with the wilful murder of his late wife Jenelyn Kennedy, 19, in Port Moresby last week, be remanded.
Zazeng raised concern in court about Kaiwi’s safety if he was to be remanded at Bomana prison.
But Chief Insp Polon said Kaiwi could not be detained again at the Boroko police station because only those freshly arrested and charged were to stay there.
He said Kaiwi had already appeared in court and should be remanded at the Bomana prison to await further court appearances.
“Remand warrants are always addressed to the Correctional Service (CS). On (his) safety, the CS has areas where a person who thinks he won’t be safe (can be accommodated),” he said.
For example, he said policemen who had to be remanded, were “locked in a place separate from the main prison compound”.
Magistrate Ganaii said charges had been laid and Kaiwi should be remanded at Bomana.
“The process is that the defendant must proceed to be remanded at the Correctional Service which is the right place for holding and keeping a person in the cells (by the) directions of the court,” she said.
“So this court will issue a warrant for the defendant to be remanded at Bomana.
“In relation to concerns raised about his safety, these are matters that counsel can take up with government agencies like the police and the CS.
“Whatever internal arrangements the police may have or the CS may have in relation to the safe keeping of remandees is the matter entirely for them, not this court.”
On the other concern raised by Zazeng about “media comments” on the case, Ganaii said the court had no control over the media.
“It’s a matter entirely up to them. If there is any person aggrieved by anything that’s posted, there are right processes to follow including laying of criminal complaints and if it requires police intervention. I will leave it at that.”
Family should approve marriage of under-aged persons: Official
By SAMUEL BARIASI
MARRIAGES for person under the age of 18 should be approved by family members, an official says.
Department of Community Development, Youth and Religion registrar-general Dickson Kiragi said cases of men marrying underaged girls could be considered as “marriage of a minor”, which was a culpable case, meaning one could be charged with the rape of a minor.
“You cannot do that under the pretext of marriage,” he said.
He said a lot of marriages were not dissolved properly before men and women engaged in other relationships.
“Jealousy arises from such practices,” Kiragi said.
“I think the issue now is that everybody should know what a marriageable age is, and marriages should be done properly.
“Marriages should be done properly and legally through churches or by way of civil marriage.”
Pokanis explains procedures followed to admit a detainee
By GYNNIE KERO
CORRECTIONAL Service Commissioner Stephen Pokanis says all remandees have to be isolated for 14 days before being moved into prison.
The National yesterday asked him to explain the procedures used in the admission of detainees after their first appearance in court.
Pokanis said: “Now that we have the Covid-19 procedures in place, all detainees admitted to the Bomana correctional institution will be isolated at the isolation centre for 14 days. The normal process to administer new admittance is to checking the warrant against the detainee making sure that it is the correct warrant for the correct person admitted to CS.
“No person will be admitted to a correctional institution unless there is warrant to hold that person, whether a convicted or a remanded detainee.”
He said the remanded person would be interviewed by a CS officer to get information on the detainee’s education, religion, next of kin, etc.
“Any tattoo, scar, (plus) eye colour, height, etc are noted in the warrant cover.”
A detainee is then briefed on life in prison: culture, relationships, threats, good conduct etc “so that at least they have a fair idea of prison life”.
The detainee is then issued a prison uniform, eating utensils and toiletries, and allocated a dormitory to stay in.
Grandfather thanks people for supporting family
By REBECCA KUKU
GRANDFATHER Kennedy Karava, on behalf of the late Jenelyn Kennedy’s family, has thanked everyone who has been supporting them in “demanding justice” for her.
Karava, who was emotional yesterday after seeing the big crowd turnout at the Waigani court told The National that he was touched by the many people coming forward to support his family.
He said it was not just about Jenelyn but “all the other angels who had died as a result of gender-based violence”.
“I am happy to see that something good has come out of this tragic loss. Many have condemned these acts of gender-based violence,” he said.
“My heart breaks, when I saw her broken body (at the hospital last week). I just wanted to die.”
Karava said his “little Nau Mori (mixed-race girl)” was a very gentle soul, down to earth and quiet.
“I just wanted to die in her place, to see her body and think of the suffering she had been through in her last moments. I still cannot accept it. My heart just cries and cries.”