Waigani Committal Court Magistrate Cosmas Bidar had found sufficient evidence in the case involving Pastor Nou Mase from Pari village in the National Capital District but agreed to allow his lawyer to make submission on the sufficiency of evidence.
The court had ruled on May 31 that there was sufficient evidence to have Mase’s case referred to the National Court for trial.
The United Church pastor allegedly pretended to William Garey and Louisa Garey that he was a landowner of customary land known as Portion 1074 at Idarobada and Nadibada in Taurama, NCD.
He allegedly obtained K90,000 from the couple as payment over the land between January 3 and October 5, 2015.
But the couple was allegedly chased out of the land by a group who claimed that the pastor did not own the piece of land.
Mase was charged with obtaining money by false pretence. He is on a K2000 bail. Meanwhile, Motu-Koitabu landowners were urged not to sell their land. The National/ One PNG