BY DAPHNE WANI
Compensation demand for the offence is too high for my family to pay, says an accused charged with causing grievous bodily harm to another man in Port Moresby.
The accused, Eddie Malto, who is the son of a Correctional Service officer, told the Waigani Committal Court yesterday that the victim’s family had forced his family to sign an agreement demanding K500,000, 300 pigs and 10 cows and that was too much.
He said his family cannot meet the conditions of the demand, which is due by August 28.
“I committed the offence under provocation,” Malto said.
“We were forced to sign the demand.
“The demand is K500,000, 300 pigs and 10 cows.”
Police alleged that on July 2, 2018, 24-year-old Malto, from Mendi in Sourthern Highlands Province, attempted to kill Allan Yangen at the CS compound at Taurama in Port Moresby.
It was alleged that Malto was drunk and was involved in a fight with the victim.
Police alleged that the accused went over to where the victim was drinking with his friends and asked the victim for some beer.
The victim allegedly told Mr Malto that there was no beer left so he went to his house and returned with an iron rod and hit the victim.
The victim suffered serious injuries to his back and went through an operation which led to him losing the use of his spine.
Magistrate Bidar advised the accused not to be worried about the demand as it was unrealistic and not a court order. Mr Bidar said the court understood that the victim was the son of a senior police officer that was why the accused was being threatened.
Mr Bidar advised Mr Malto that his statements were taken down and will be sent with his file to the National Court.
He told Malto that he had raised the defence of provocation and he can raise that in a trial at the National Court.