Spiritual healer to stand trial for sexual assault in PNG

A man from Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea, who is known as a spiritual healer, will stand trial at the Waigani National Court for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

The Committal Court today ruled on having sufficient evidence against the defendant, warranting his committal to stand trial at the National Court.

Magistrate Cosmas Bidar in his ruling said there is no doubt in the statement of the victim of what allegedly happened.

The alleged incident took place at the family house of the victim on Sept 13 last year.

The defendant was brought to Port Moresby last August by the family of the victim after they heard of his spiritual healing powers.

 However, while they were accommodating him, he allegedly sexually penetrated the 13-year-old girl.

The court heard that on the day of the alleged offence, the defendant went home drunk, took the girl into a room and while praying, he assaulted her in the dark.

The court was told he did so by placing a cloth over the mouth of the victim so others outside the room would not hear her.

He then ordered all the children into the unlit room where they usually have their prayers.

He was later arrested and charged for sexual penetration; a charge that falls under section 229 of the Criminal code and sexual offenses and crimes against children’s act.

He remains in custody at Bomana and is expected for mention at the Waigani National Court on April 4.

Source: Loop PNG

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