NATIONAL COURT CONSIDERS GENIA'S 3rd BAIL REQUEST


January 10, 2022 - 762 views

by JOSHUA ARLO 

 

The National Court is considering a bail application of a Central man, Alexander Genia charged for wilfully murdering a businessman Jeffery Paul Bull in Port Moresby in 2019. 

Genia has made headlines in the local media since his arrest. 

Whilst waiting to stand trial at the National Court since being committed last year, he’s tried twice to apply for bail at the National Court but has failed both times. 

Today, through his lawyer with the Public Solicitors officer, Alexander Genia again applied for bail. His grounds that the circumstances, since his last application, had changed; this time on medical grounds. 

Genia claims to be suffering asthmatic bouts from his incarceration in a crowded environment, and the current diet. The court today has heard a health worker attached to the Correctional Services has supported the medical grounds, stating it could be ‘life threatening’. 

The State argues against the Court granting bail, due to the arresting officer advising the court, in an affidavit, that Genia had previous absconded bail. He escaped police custody while attending Committal Court. The other ground for argument is that Genia has a serious charge against him. 

Genia, appearing in court from CS custody, was present in court today, has been told by acting National Court judge, Justice Laura Wawun-Kuvi, that the bail decision is reserved for 9:30am tomorrow (Tuesday 11th January). Meantime, he remains on remand. 

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