July 31, 2020 - 705 views

The Australian pilot of the Cessna aircraft that illegally entered the country and landed at a landing strip at Papa-Lealea outside POM on the 26th of July appeared before the Waigani Committal Court this afternoon.

 David John Cutmore, 52 of Melbourne Australia, pleaded guilty to the charge of one count of Illegal entry under Migrants Act 1978.

 The police prosecutor asked the court to impose the maximum penalty of K5000 given the seriousness of the offense but Mr Cutmore was only fined K3000.

 Magistrate Tracy Ganai who made the ruling says this is because police failed to provide the drugs exhibits that were stated in the summary facts.

 The Magistrate also ruled that upon payment of fine, further order will be made for Cutmore to be placed in an isolation centre before being deported.

 Cutmore abandoned his aircraft after he failed a failed take off from this recently made landing strip at outside of papa village.

 Members Police Dog Unit who investigated the site of the abandoned aircraft found heavy traces of cocaine.

 Mr Cutmore surrendered to the Australia High Commission in Port Moresby and was later handed to local authorities.

 Assistant Police Commissioner of Operations Donald Yamasombi said Cutmore is subject to PNG Laws and Police are investigating his entry to PNG.

 He says Police will only lay criminal charges after investigations are complete.





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