PNG MP Lohia Boe Samuel acquitted of murder

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Moresby North West MP Lohia Boe Samuel has been found not guilty, and acquitted by the Waigani National Court in Papua New Guinea Wednesday.

Samuel and his co-accused Fabian Hera, were both charged with willful murder, and other charges relating to the shooting and killing of Robert Jerry, at a restaurant in Port Moresby, on March 2022.

The Court found that the State had failed to prove that the two accused did kill the deceased, on 11 March, 2022.

Presiding Judge Justice David Cannings said, based on the evidence provided before the Court, it concluded that the deceased Robert Jerry died by accident, when the Glock 19 firearm, was accidentally discharged.

Samuel when speaking outside the Court, acknowledge the contributions by Late Jerry, and described him as a close friend and family.

He also apologised to the people of Moresby North West for the long delay in service delivery to the electorate, due to the court case, and made an undertaking to start delivering the much needed services, after being cleared by the Court. Samuel also thanked his lawyer, Edward Sasingian, for successfully representing him in the entire criminal matter.