Policeman to stand trial for stealing, wounding vendor

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The National, Friday 21st September 2012

A POLICEMAN charged with stealing and wounding a man has been committed to stand trial in the National Court at Waigani in the National Capital District.
Waigani Committal Court magistrate Cosmas Bidar, after finding sufficient evidence yesterday, committed Danny Karayo, a member of the police force, for trial.
Police alleged that Karayo stole K450 cash and other items, including 13 packets of cigarettes worth K143, betel nuts worth K100, two mobile phones (cost not specified) and a K15 worth of mobile credits from a man at the 4-Mile bus stop on Feb 8, 2010.
The court heard that Karayo also wounded the man.
Bidar noted from the police report that Karayo was a constable of the PNG Royal Constabulary at the time of the offences.
Karayo told the court that the allegations against him were false.
He said the wounding charge in particular was not true.
“I was not there to wound anybody. I was there to serve,” he told the court.”
Karayo said he had witnesses.
He will appear for listing on Oct 1.
He has been remanded at the Bomana prison near Port Moresby.