The National – Wednesday, December 8, 2010
A STATE minister was yesterday committed to stand trial in the National Court for an alleged murder charge.
The Kundiawa Committal Court hearing found sufficient evidence to commit Culture and Tourism Minister and Kerowagi MP Guma Wau on his attempted murder charge.
The court ruling described the case to have prima facie evidence to commit Wau to stand trial in the National Court.
It also found the record of interview with police and the brief from prosecution were enough to commit the defendant.
Kundiawa police arrested Wau and charged him with attempted murder.
He was alleged to have shot one John Agaundo on June 13 at Urinigle village in Kerowagi district.
The Kundiawa court house was crowded as people wanted to hear the ruling yesterday.
Wau was also present with his lawyer Gabriel Gendua of Gendua and Associate Lawyers to receive the ruling.
The MP will be trialed in the next National Court circuit in Kundiawa; however a date is yet to be fixed for the trial.
The victim Agaundo and his relatives were reportedly also present in court yesterday.
He was admitted at the Kundiawa General Hospital but was discharged still bearing permanent disability from the damaged bones in his right leg and bush knife wounds sustained in his left arm.
Wau allegedly committed the offence on June 13 when travelling from his Kerowagi electorate to Kundiawa with his family during a roadblock at Urinigle section of the Highlands Highway.