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Cases struck out by Magistrate

By SCHOLAR KASSAS

Waigani Committal Court Magistrate Joseph Posi struck out two cases this morning due to want of Police hand-up briefs.

Magistrate Posi said there has been no improvement on the part of arresting officers and the prosecution to prosecute the matter with due diligence in ensuring the Police hand-up brief.

Senior Police Prosecutor Sgt Sandra Holland told the court that since last month she had not sighted any arresting police officers outside of the court house to assist with the cases. She told the court that since Police made the arrest they should complete the police hand-up brief.

“Police knew that it’s in their carriage to come in and inform the prosecutors about the progress of the hand-up brief”

Sgt Holland said it has been difficult getting a hold of them regarding their case.

“If they had not come up with evidence, they should write an affidavit to inform the court.”

“With Prosecution having problems with printers it’s hard to print and deliver court orders to the police officers for police hand-up brief” She said they don’t have other means of trying to get in touch with the arresting officers, the only way is through their mobile phones.

She said the prosecutors are using every possible way to do the arresting officer’s work.

Holland said they are supposed to be responsible for their cases rather than Prosecutors chasing them around for a hand-up brief.

Magistrate Posi said with these raising issues about the arresting officers the court had decided to struck out the cases.