January 17, 2013

PNG Minister ask court for protection


Ms Toni: Photo:Flickr
STATE minister Loujaya Toni is asking the court to protect her, her children and relatives from her husband.
Toni, the minister for religion, youth and community affairs, appeared in the
Lae District Court yesterday seeking protection from
her husband, James.
The matter was adjourned to Jan 31.
Toni was represented by Anthony Waira of Capollo Lawyers.
Senior magistrate Posain Poloh, who presided over the case, made the adjournment to allow Toni’s witnesses to prepare affidavits.
She filed complaints under sections 209 and 210 of the District Court Act, seeking preventative measures against her husband.
Her affidavit said her husband had extra-marital affairs over the 12 years they were married and his abuse of alcohol was affecting her work and responsibilities as a state minister.
Toni alleged her husband’s conduct was causing her to fear for her safety as well as that of her children and relatives.
Poloh told Toni and her lawyer that protection could only be sought under one section of the District Court Act, and not both.
Waira then agreed to section 209, which deals with information praying for surety of peace.
That law deals with, among other matters, whether a person has threatened to injure the complainant or child or person under their care.
Poloh told the packed courthouse he needed supplementary affidavits from Toni’s witnesses to support her case.
He then adjourned court for two weeks for the corroborating evidence to be produced. The National

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