Magistrate cautions on use of language

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The National, Friday 7th September, 2012

WAIGANI Committal Court magistrate Rosie Johnson has warned all court users to show respect and use appropriate language when appearing in court.
Johnson said yesterday there were also a lot of abuses going on with court processes.
She said police were not supposed to grant bail to persons charged with very serious offences such as rape, murder and armed robbery.
Johnson issued the warning yesterday when presiding over an armed robbery case.
Terry Sambiok, 25, of Wapenamanda, Enga, is facing charges of using a pistol and a bush knife to threaten Carolyn Kapi before stealing goods from her store at the Erima Wildlife settlement in Port Moresby on three consecutive days last month.
The court was told that he stole goods from Kapi amounting to more than K11,000 on Aug 16, Aug 17 and Aug 18.
Sambiok’s lawyer asked if he could make a bail application but Johnson said she had no jurisdiction or power to entertain and grant bail applications.
Johnson adjourned the case against Sambiok, who is on remand in Bomana prison until Oct 9.