Police: Late issuing of remand warrant by court on Tuesday delayed transfer to Bomana
By REBECCA KUKU
BOSIP Kaiwi, facing a wilful murder charge in relation to the death of his wife Jenelyn Kennedy at their Port Moresby home last week, was moved to Bomana Prison yesterday where he will be remanded.
Police could not take him to the prison, as ordered by Waigani Committal Court Magistrate Tracy Ganaii in Kaiwi’s first court appearance on Tuesday, because of the delay in the issuing of the remand warrant.
National Capital District Met Supt Perou N’dranou confirmed yesterday that Kaiwi had to spend another night at the Boroko police station.
He said it was part of normal police procedures.
“After the court hearing yesterday (Tuesday), a warrant for his remand was made and taken back to the court for the magistrate to sign,” N’dranou told The National.
“We got the warrant at 3pm.
“However, it was late as Bomana does not accept new cases after 4pm.”
Kaiwi, 25, was charged with wilful murder after Kennedy, 19, died at their Korobosea home in Port Moresby, on Tuesday, June 23.
Police allege that she had been subjected to beatings for at least five days at home.
N’dranou said they needed to sort some things first before taking Kaiwi to Bomana.
“We needed to arrange vehicles, get fuel sorted out.
“So he was detained at Boroko Police Station yesterday (Tuesday).
“We sorted all that out (before) transferring him to Bomana,” he said.
N’dranou said police would continue to follow standard procedures and do their duty without fear or favour.
Meanwhile, National Pandemic Controller and Police Commissioner David Manning in a statement yesterday said the Correctional Services department had strict Covid-19 quarantine protocols for new admissions such as Kaiwi.
“I am advised by Correction Service (CS) Commissioner Stephen Pokanis that detainees admitted to the Bomana prison will be isolated at its designated isolation centre for 14 days, prior to being released to the general prison facility,” he said.
He said the risk (of Covid-19) was high in prison and warders were working with police and health officials to manage it as any spread in prison would be disastrous.
“Bosip is just like any other suspect in custody awaiting further (court proceedings),” he said.
Manning urged people not to spread false information on the Kaiwi case which had recently been the subject of public debate.
“Get correct information from authorities and do not create unnecessary anxiety and stress,” he said.
“It is sensitive and police will do all they can to prosecute.
“I have instructed officers to dig deep into this case and hold responsible all involved, including police, if they had been negligent or failed to act appropriately or respond quickly when Jenelyn needed help.”