By BOURA GORUKILA
A MAGISTRATE had to adjourn a court proceeding for some time yesterday so that security officers could clear a crowd wanting to see the man who last week allegedly killed his partner.
The crowd had built up from the morning outside the Waigani courthouse in Port Moresby, eager to see Bosip Kaiwi, 25, who is facing a wilful murder charge.
He is alleged to have caused the death of his partner Jenelyn Kennedy, 19, who police alleged died on Tuesday last week after days of beatings at their home in Korobosea.
Kaiwi arrived in an unmarked police vehicle under tight security and escorted into the court’s holding cell. There was a piece of cloth on his head to cover his face.
When he was brought into the courtroom, Committal Court Magistrate Tracy Ganaii adjourned proceedings so that police and court security officers could to clear the crowd outside the courtroom.
Court proceedings resumed after about 30 minutes, with Magistrate Ganaii explaining to Kaiwi the committal process and reading him the charge, which he said he understood.
Police prosecutor Chief Inspector Polon Koniu set July 30 for Kaiwi’s next court appearance.
Kaiwi, 25, of Minj village, South Waghi, Jiwaka, is facing one count of wilful murder. He allegedly, between June 18 and 23, tortured his wife Jenelyn, at their home at Section 7, Allotment 6, along Pipigari Street in Korobosea.
Jenelyn died last Tuesday. Police alleged that when Kaiwi realised that she had died, he and his friends took her body to the Port Moresby General Hospital, left it at the emergency department, and quickly departed.
A doctor on duty pronounced her dead. Her relatives were contacted to come to the hospital to identify her. A report was lodged with the police criminal investigation division homicide squad at Boroko.
Kaiwi surrendered himself at the 6-Mile police station. He was taken to the Boroko police station for questioning. He was formally arrested and charged on June 25.
By BOURA GORUKILA