By REBECCA KUKU
THE grandmother who raised young mother-of-two Jenelyn Kennedy whose death last Tuesday has caused a public outrage, wants to see whoever killed her imprisoned for life.
Alice Karava told The National yesterday at the family home at Murray Barracks in Port Moresby that she was still shocked and heart-broken over what happened to her granddaughter.
“My heart is broken every time I think of how she suffered, how she died,” she said, wiping away tears.
“She was just 19-years-old. She had her whole life ahead of her. Every time I think of how she was killed, my heart breaks.”
Police have charged Bosip Kaiwi, Jenelyn’s partner, with wilful murder. They have two children – a son aged three and a daughter aged one.
Kaiwi is expected to appear in the Waigani court today.
It is alleged that he had been subjecting Jenelyn to beatings right up to the day she died.
His family has apologised to the Kennedy family over what he allegedly did.
Doctor Seth Fose, the chief pathologist at the Port Moresby General Hospital, said Jenelyn died from “head injury and bruised internal organs”.
Grandma Karava said she had been mother and grandmother to Jenelyn who was only eight when her mother died.
“Her mum, my daughter, passed away, and her grandfather and I and her uncles raised her,” she said.
“She was our Nau Mori (mixed-raced girl or light-skinned girl), gentle and kind.”
Karava also wants Jenelyn’s two children to be raised in the Kennedy family, like their mother.
“Our grand-daughter was murdered. She was not sick. Her life was taken away.
“So please bring me her children so I can love them and raise them right,” she said.
Meanwhile police are ensuring that they have a very strong case to present to the court over Jenelyn’s death.
National Capital District Metropolitan Superintendent Perou N’Dranou said Kaiwi was in police custody and would appear in court when the prosecution case was finalised properly.
“It’s not about how quick the (police prosecution) file is brought to the court. It’s about the quality of the (case to be presented) to the court,” he said.
“The question is: Do we quickly do the court file without due care and attention and lose the case today, or do we do it slowly and (properly) to get a conviction tomorrow.”
N’dranou said police would present the case to the court after following the best investigation practices.
“If it takes a day, a week or a month then so be it,” he said.
“We want a conviction and not rushing it only to lose the case or have it thrown out of the court later.”
Police homicide unit officer in charge Ulagis Mantu said the case could be heard in court today.