Dispose cases if witnesses lack interest

National, Normal

The National, Thursday February 20th, 2014


WAIGANI District Court magistrate Tracy Ganaii has asked the Waigani Traffic Court prosecutor to dispose of traffic cases listed for trial if witnesses lacked interest in them.

She said this yesterday following three trial cases which had to be struck out or dismissed due to non-appearance of witnesses.

“Traffic cases listed for trial going back to June (last year) must be disposed of if witnesses are no longer interested in them,” she said.

“Cases to be brought before the court are those in which complainants show interest in.”

Peggy Kolit, Hetape Ature and Mathias Raphael appeared before the court for trial with similar charges of driving without due care and attention.

Their cases were struck out because the prosecutor offered no evidence concerning the cases due to the non-appearance of witnesses.

Ganaii dismissed all three cases, explaining to the defendants that since the cases had been struck out police would not charge them again.

The court ordered that the defendants’ bail money be refunded.