Man told to defend additional charge

The National, Tuesday July 12th, 2016

A COURT has told businessman and lawyer Felix Kange who is facing a murder charge that he would also have to defend himself against a charge of escaping from lawful custody.
Magistrate Cosmas Bidar read the two charges to Kange, 30.
According to police, Kange allegedly murdered Regina Morove at his Garden Hills residence in the National Capital District on May 14 this year.
Subsequent to his arrest, police alleged that he escaped from lawful custody on June 3.
“The practice in PNG is that police will arrest and charge a person and later on, go fishing for evidence,” Bidar said.
Kange’s lawyer Fredrick Lunge argued that the charge of escaping from lawful custody was misconceived.
He said Kange was remanded because the court had not convicted him yet.
Lunge asked the court to grant Kange bail.
Bidar told Lunge to file a proper submission so that the court could deal with his application of amending the second charge when the matter returned to court on August 11.
Kange is from Maia village in Pangia, Southern Highlands.