By BOURA GORUKILA
A JUDGE has rejected a bail application by a man charged with killing his partner because it is a serious offence and that he may interfere with witnesses.
Justice Paul Tusais told Bosip Kaiwi, 25, of Minj, Jiwaka, that the submission by his lawyer did not constitute reasonable grounds to grant bail.
Kaiwi is facing a wilful murder charge for the death of his partner Jenelyn Kennedy on June 23 after a series of alleged beatings.
His grounds for bail submitted by his lawyer Samuel Inisi of Inisi Lawyers are that he has an existing medical condition, he has received threats of harm and assault from warders and those on remand at Bomana who are Jenelyn’s relatives, the custody issues of their two children aged three and one, and his fear of catching the Covid-19 due to overcrowding in prison.
Justice Tusais rejected the application.
“All the grounds for bail do not make out reasonable grounds,” he said.
“The facts alleged against Kaiwi are that he continuously assaulted his wife, now deceased, starting on June 18 and continued every day until she finally died on June 23.
“The beatings took place in Kaiwi’s bedroom.
“On two occasions, Kaiwi ordered his children’s babysitter to clean up the room and to burn the clothes that had blood stains.
“And when he realised that his wife had died, Kaiwi and his friends (took) her to the Port Moresby General Hospital, left her at the emergency section and fled the scene.
“Therefore bail is refused on grounds that Kaiwi is likely to interfere with state witnesses and the alleged offence consists of serious assault.”
On Kaiwi’s health, Justice Tusais said the community health worker who wrote a letter supporting his medical condition “does not depose his professional qualification to show his expertise in health care and treatment of patients”.
“He also didn’t refer to the suggested course of treatment for Kaiwi, whether he is to take tablets, injection or to be assisted with breathing difficulties on ventilators.
“I don’t know what is involved,” he said.
“For the second ground, Kaiwi is being kept in a segregated dormitory where he is away from other prisoners.
“So there is no threat.”
On the ground of overcrowding and the fear of contracting the Covid-19, (Kaiwi) “is kept in a segregated area, which is away from other remandees. And there has not been any reported case at the Bomana prison.”
On the custody of his children, he said Kaiwi should be allowed to attend proceedings in the Family Court.
Kaiwi has been further remanded to appear in the committal court on Oct 1.
By BOURA GORUKILA