A LAWYER remanded over sex offences against three minors mitigated for bail yesterday through his lawyer at the Waigani National Court.
Justice George Manuhu heard submissions from lawyer Emma Wurr representing Sam Ketan Kissi and public prosecutor Emmanuel Yagi, who spoke on behalf of the state. Wurr informed the court that Kissi, 37, was a “heart patient” and it was not safe to prolong his tenure in custody due to his health condition.
“The medical report is annexed to the affidavit and as a result he (Kissi) faces shortness of breath and because of his detainment this has worsened his medical condition,” Wurr said. Wurr said the applicant was considered a high-risk patient and a doctor had recommended that he (Kissi) be let out of custody while awaiting his case.
Wurr told the court that the reason for Kissi’s deteriorating health was based on the diet served at the Bomana Correctional Service (CS) prison.
She submitted that the prison’s staple meal of canned fish and rice was the cause and stated that the doctor recommended Kissi having vegetables as part of his daily diet.
Judge Manuhu told Wurr that if he (Kissi) was to be granted bail, it had to be on serious grounds.
“Everybody eats tinned fish and rice,” Manuhu said. “I don’t see the danger in eating tinned fish and rice. Letting him out is a potential risk to the society so what do we do about a situation like this?
“I have good reason to be concerned about the safety of other potential victims.” State lawyer Yagi said the issue of food was within the powers of the CS as supported by the CS Act of 1995.
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