September 17, 2020 - 1696 views

By Josu Kim. Picture from: EMTV Online news 

Richard Namaliu, the man convicted for the death of former Miss PNG late Ruby-Anne Laufa was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment with hard labor at the Bomana prison in Port Moresby.

Justice Teresa Berrigan handed down the sentence this afternoon at the Waigani National Court.

Namaliu was convicted for manslaughter on March 20.

The court upheld submissions made by State lawyers that there was deliberate intention to cause harm together with several other aggravating factors.

Furthermore the death occurred in the domestic setting which has long been recognized as a prevalent crime.

Justice Berrigan says there are increasing calls by the courts and the community for these offences to stop and the court has a duty to ensure sentences imposed in such cases prevents others from doing from the same.

Justice Berigan rejected Namaliu’s lawyer’s submissions to justify the conviction as well the Probation Services recommendation for probation and partial suspension of prison term.

The court heard that on February 11 2017 along the road from Fort Banner to the main UPNG gate, late Ruby-Anne Laufa died when she jumped from the moving vehicle in which Richard was driving to escape violent assault.

As a precautionary measure during the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the court ordered for Namaliu to be held in an isolation facility at Bomana CS for two weeks before tranfering to the main compound.


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Mike, 13 hours ago
Well done