Uni student fined K300 for drinking in public

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The National, Thursday 13th June 2013


A UNIVERSITY student was yesterday fined K300 for drinking in public place.

The Lae District Court fined Freddy Tamange, 25, from Wewak, East Sepik, a student at the Divine Word University (DWU), for consuming alcohol in public.

The court heard that on June 8, around 9.30am, the accused had opened a beer can and carried a carton of beer at Montoro Street in Lae, Morobe, when a police patrol arrested him.

Magistrate Nasaling Bingtau asked Tamange if what police presented in court was true and he admitted.

Tamange asked the court for mercy, saying he was a student on holidays and wanted to return to DWU to continue his studies.

“You did not think of your studies when you drank beer. What’s your priority, school or beer?” the magistrate asked him.

Bingtau lectured Tamange that employers did not like to employ students who were drunkards.

“Don’t go and don’t drink beer again. 

“Many university students like you die before graduating because of beer,” he said.