By BOURA GORUKILA
TWO soldiers charged with the wilful murder of a police officer were granted bail on Friday.
Waigani National Court acting Judge Paul Tusais granted bail to Sgt Supa James and Lt Richard Ule are charged with killing National Capital District zone three commander Snr Insp Andrew Tovere on May 9 at the ATS settlement in Port Moresby. Justice Tusais ordered the accused to pay a bail of K1,000 each and their guarantors K500 each.
They have to report to the National Court registry every second Monday between 9.30am and 3.30pm, not interfere with state witnesses, live at their known address at ATS air transport wing, not leave National Capital District without the leave of court, not consume alcohol or illicit drugs and be on good behaviour while on bail.
Both applicants are represented by Robbie Yanison, from Yanison Lawyers.
“Lt Ule, 31, of Dirima in Gumine, Chimbu in his sworn affidavit stated that his grounds for bail were that his family depended on him as the bread winner, his young children need him as a parent, his mother had throat cancer and he supported her medical expenses, that he did not assault the deceased and would vigorously defend his case in court.
“Sgt James, 48, of Noure in Chuave, Chimbu, stated that his job was vital and that he held a key position in the PNG Defence Force, had a big family and they depended on him as the bread winner.
His five children were in
school and needed his help, that his trial would not happen anytime soon, he denied outright his involvement and would vigorously defend his innocence in the trial.”
The lawyer for the government objected to both bail applications, saying that none of the grounds raised showed exceptional circumstance to justify bail.
By BOURA GORUKILA