Kaumi tells police to get facts right

The National, Wednesday July 13th, 2016

Magistrate John Kaumi has told police to get correct information on election certificates before a case goes to court.
He told a police prosecutor thisyesterday, when going through the election certificates of two cases signed by the public prosecutor. “We need to get our information correct before it comes to the court,” he said.
The cases were supposed to proceed by way of committal but they went before the Grade Five court.
Kaumi made the comments after realising that the public prosecutor had elected the cases of Arua Andrew, charged with the unlawful assault of Samantha Kesilome and Simon Feaviri, alleged to have stolen K92,386.30 from Bank South Pacific,  to be heard in the committal court.
“It appears that due to the seriousness of the charges, the public prosecutor has elected the matters to proceed by way of committal,” he said.
Kaumi said it was a mistake on the part of the police prosecution who misinterpreted the information.
He urged the prosecution to get the information correct the next time.
He transferred both cases from the grade five court to the committal court.
The defendants – Andrew and Feaviri were on K1000 and K500 bails respectively.
They are expected to return to court today for mention at the Waigani Committal Court.