Murder case struck out

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AN attempted murder charge against two men was struck out by the Lae committal court yesterday because the medical report presented did not warrant the charge, Magistrate Pious Tapil says.
He said the report did not give information that could warrant the charge of attempted murder.
“The two men were supposed to have been charged with grievous bodily harm so as to conform to the medical examination report presented,” he said.
The court heard that on Feb 18 at around 8pm, Macford Kamo, 18, and Norman Pango, 20, both from Undapia village in Pangia, Southern Highlands, were in their yard at Lae’s Back Street in Nawae Block.
The victim approached their area and the two defendants suspected him of being a sorcerer.
Kamo and Pango attacked the victim with bush knives, iron rods and a garden fork.
The court was told that Kamo and Pango used the fork to remove the victim’s eyes, resulting in the victim sustaining serious injuries to his eyes and other parts of the body and was later rushed to the Angau Memorial Hospital.
The court was also told that when police questioned the defendants, they said that the victim entered their premises without permission, at night time or after hours so they attacked him.
Magistrate Tapil after handing down his ruling, told Kamo and Pango that it was by chance that they were released and cautioned them to stay away from such incidents in future and ordered that their bails be refunded.