Sex case delay too long for police


A POLICE prosecutor has requested the court not to adjourn any further a case involving a couple charged with sexually abused of a minor because it had dragged on for some time.
Police prosecutor Shirley-Anne Pius told Magistrate Cosmas Bidar in the Waigani Committal Court that a ruling on the case should have been done last year.
It had to be adjourned again because the defence lawyers were on other cases.
Police allege that the two had sexually abused the man’s daughter from his first wife between Sept 21, 2015, and May 2, 2017. The girl was not yet 16 years old at the time.
The man is from West New Britain and his second wife is from Hanuabada, in Port Moresby.
Magistrate Bidar adjourned his ruling to April 23 for the man and April 29 for the woman.
According to police, the girl was eight years old when her parents separated.
Police allege that her father began sexually assaulting her on Sept 21, 2015, when she was in grade 7 at Bomana Primary School.
In 2016, the step-mother allegedly joined in the abuse.
The girl reported the matter to her step-father who lodged a complaint with police on May 2, 2017.

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