No witnesses, suspected killer freed

National, Normal

The National, Thursday 17th November 2011

The suspect in the killing of a University of Papua New Guinea student in Port Moresby more than three years ago was set free by the National Court last week after nine State witnesses failed to turn up.
In releasing David Gonzo Kabasi, from Wagawaga village, Milne Bay province, last Tuesday, Justice Panual Mogish ruled that the case had taken too long and witnesses were reluctant to testify.
It is believed the accused and witnesses live in the same neighbourhood at Gerehu Stage 3.
Kabasi was accused of killing Gideon Huasi, 24, from Munji village, Kubalia, East Sepik, during a street brawl at Gerehu Stage 3 in April 2008.
Huasi, a final-year physics student, was shot twice in the chest at close range and died on the spot.