By Douglas Deseng
A SOUTHERN Highlands man charged with sexual touching was granted a K150 bail by the Waigani Committal Court after the magistrate approved cutting it by half.
Magistrate Cosmas Bidar made the ruling after the accused, Dickson Kombos, asked the court to reduce its initial ruling of a K300 bail.
Bidar told the defendant that if he had the money, he could go to Vulupindi Haus to pay the bail and then give the receipts to the registry at the Waigani court house.
Kombos told the court that his elder sister would pay for the bail.
Bidar told the court that the incident occurred on March 16 at Puma Energy Depot in Kanudi, NCD.
According to police reports, the accused was employed as a security guard by the G4S company at the time.
Bidar told the court that the victim was a workmate of the accused.
Police stated that the accused, the victim and another colleague were dropped off at around 8.30am on site for their day shift.
After a brief handover, their colleague left them to patrol the site’s rear perimeter. The accused then invited the victim to tour around the site since she was new to the area.
Police report said on returning to the guard house, the victim noticed her name was not on the log book so she asked the accused for a pen and wrote her name down.
The report said the accused closed the door, moved an old drum and sat close to the victim. The accused then allegedly told the victim that he liked her. He then allegedly threw his arms around the victim and started kissing her.
They got into a fight but the accused overpowered her and started touching her private parts.
Bidar told the court that police files were submitted to the accused but the court was still waiting for them. The court adjourned the case to July 8.
By Douglas Deseng