- UPNG lecturers plan protest today
- UPNG receives part of K12 million government funding
- Investigation into UPNG unrest 50% complete
- Case against university students dismissed
- UPNG terminates 2016 academic year
- UPNG students granted bail
- Police to enforce curfew at state universities
- DHERST has no jurisdiction in UPNG administrative matters
- UPNG semester suspended
- HERST minister calls for UPNG students to resume classes
Supreme Court to decide on student killer’s appeal
The Supreme Court will be making a decision on the bail appeal of a Joseph Tande who was jailed for seven years for the killing of a University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) student in 2012 next year, The National (December 16) reports.
Tande, along with a Peter Martin, was convicted in 2012 of manslaughter by Justice Manhuhu for the death of university student Obedia Iglish. However, Tande is appealing the conviction, claiming it was an act of self-defence.
Tande claimed the trial judge had not taken the circumstance and other crucial evidence into account. He said the judge had not taken into account who that had started the fight and that he acted in self-defence. However, Justice Stephen Kassman told Tande that the late Igish was already on the ground when Tande and his accomplice continued attacking him.
A lawyer from the Public Prosecutor also argued that there was crucial evidence that Tande and Martin assaulted Igish. However, the court consisting of Deputy Chief Justice Gibbs Salika, Justice Kassman and Justice Robert Lee Lindsay agreed to hand down a decision next year after finding the appeal had more than 10 grounds.
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