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Subject: No bail for university rape suspects - Both Engans

Disgusting - Ashamed
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Date Posted: Thu, Aug 10 2006, 01:46:50pm

This is a FAT SLAP on the face of the Enga Provincial Government (tuition fee payer), the Engan parents of the two culprits and all the educated and civilized citizens of Enga Province.

It is very disgusting indeed. The incidence will paint a very big negative picture of future prospective Engan students wanting to pursue studies at the University.

Come on, where is common sense and the so-called educated reasoning gone to?

This action is slammed/condemned in the strongest terms by the educated Engans and parents all over the world.

No form of apology will undo the huge damage that has already been done by these two dumb animals.

Educated/Civilized Engan
Human Rights Advocate


No bail for university rape suspects

TWO University of Technology students, charged with the rape of a female visitor to the campus recently, appeared before the Lae District Committal Court yesterday. They were remanded in custody at the Buimo jail.
The students have been identified as civil engineering students Eddie Kopio and Frank Moses, both 20, from Wapenamanda in Enga province.
They appeared before magistrate Martin Ipang, who refused to grant them bail.
Magistrate Ipang told the students that the public looked up to them as role models and future leaders of the country, but their actions only tainted the good image of the university and of themselves.
He said although their education was important, the crime they allegedly committed was serious and the decision to refuse them bail must serve as a warning to all students that they would be treated the same if they come to court for sex crimes.
He said sex crimes were on the increase and students were the least of people he expected to engage in such activities.
Mr Ipang said their actions only put the security of not only visitors but also the female population on the campus under threat.
He said PNG claimed to be a Christian country but the increase in sex crimes only pointed to a decline in moral values.
Kopio and Moses allegedly raped a woman who had gone to the campus to visit her brother last Monday. They were arrested last weekend. They will remain in custody and appear in court on Aug 20.
Meanwhile, Mr Ipang has called on city authorities to clean up the bushes at the old Lae airport as it was becoming a haven for rapists and robbers.
He said from the nine sexual assault cases he heard yesterday, and others previously, most of them were committed at this site.
Mr Ipang said this spot should be kept clean at all times to prevent sex crimes, robberies and other crimes from taking place.


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[> Subject: Re: No bail for university rape suspects - Both Engans

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Date Posted: Thu, Aug 10 2006, 04:19:02pm

Let these two idiots go to hell and pay the price.

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[> Subject: Re: No bail for university rape suspects - Both Engans

Come on???
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Date Posted: Fri, Aug 11 2006, 04:16:58pm

University of Technology rape case stirs up discord


TWO suspected rapists, who are civil engineering students at the University of Technology in Lae, Morobe province, will be “heavily” punished if proven guilty, according to acting vice chancellor Wilson Tovirika.
There was also strong condemnation by police, court and university administration against Enga students at Unitech who burnt more than 300 copies of yesterday’s edition of The National at the university gate in the morning.
Lae police chief Simon Kauba described the behaviour of the students as “childish” and that they “need to grow up”.
Lae court magistrate Martin Ipang, who deliberated on the rape case, also condemned the students’ actions, while Mr Tovirika said he did not condone such behaviour.
The acting VC also said any punishment against the rape suspects will be subject to internal investigations by the university and the findings of the Lae District Court.
The two second-year students, Eddie Kopio and Frank Moses, both 20, from Wapanamanda in Enga province, were alleged to have raped a female visitor from Manam in Madang, who went to see her relative on July 31.
Kopio and Moses appeared before the Lae District Court for mention on Wednesday where Mr Ipang refused bail and ordered that they be remanded in custody at the Buimo jail until their next appearance on Aug 21.
Mr Tovirika said there was so much concern in the community regarding violence against women and rape . . . “we don’t expect that to come from intelligent people; students should be the last people to do such things”.
He also condemned the burning of more than 300 copies of The National by Enga students, who were angry with the coverage of the story on the front page yesterday.
This was the second time the same group of students had burnt The National over its coverage of the alleged rape case. Last Friday, they burnt 400 newspapers.
Mr Tovirika said he would talk to the Students Representative Council president Nathan Dingu and urge him to restrain the students “from taking the matter into their own hands”.
“I am sorry about the behaviour of the students,” he told The National yesterday.
Mr Kauba urged the students to “grow up and act like mature adults”.
He condemned the students’ actions and said if they had any grievances over the report, they should raise it through proper dialogue instead of resorting to such acts.
“This is unethical; it is the act of little kids,” he said.
“If they dispute the decision of the courts, there are processes and procedures to be followed to dispute their claims.”
Mr Kauba said police would be forced to act if the students continue to burn the newspapers.
Mr Ipang also condemned the students’ actions, saying the two student suspects had admitted to the alleged crime.
He said he saw no reason why they burnt the newspapers.

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Ashamed Engan Intellectual
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Date Posted: Fri, Aug 11 2006, 06:01:44pm

They will get their Engineering Degrees in Bomana with Flying Colours

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[> Subject: Re: No bail for university rape suspects - Both Engans

Mono (Worse than educated fools!!!)
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Date Posted: Mon, Aug 14 2006, 06:50:33pm

These two guys are worse than educated fools; animals, in fact. It's a pity they are "Engans" again (did see a couple of such animals - engans - during my time at unitech). Don't know how they ended up in uni, a place that's supposed to be for people with a certain level of understanding. For one, they wouldn't have made it there on merits. What a shame!!


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[> [> Subject: Deplorable student ignorance

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Date Posted: Mon, Aug 14 2006, 10:30:26pm

Deplorable student ignorance
PAPUA New Guinea is fortunate to have many people who staunchly support the role of universities.
They claim that PNG’s future lies in the hands of university graduates, and they proudly point to the strides taken in other developing countries as a result of heavy investment in university education.
Nobody can seriously claim that PNG governments have ignored the tertiary sector in this country.
Since independence, hundreds of millions of kina have been spent in order to provide access to university education, and government after government has stressed the importance of pure and applied research.
In the early years of university education in PNG, students accepted to study at the capital’s University of Papua New Guinea, or a little later, at the University of Technology in Lae, regarded themselves as receiving a very special privilege.
They had been singled out from thousands of other students, and accepted to pursue university courses.
Plucked from often parochial schools, they found themselves facing the apparently endless horizons of universities and tertiary courses well regarded on the international scene.
The graduates from UPNG and from Unitech were in those days well respected products of their own efforts and of the PNG tertiary system.
Their professors and lecturers were a potent mix of Papua New Guineans and international academics, men and women of vision, who were inspired by the chance to create something new and worthwhile in virgin tertiary territory.
And the atmosphere of both universities reflected student commitment to learning, to research and to the pursuit of personal betterment that could also be put to use for PNG.
If that sounds far removed from today’s universities, and of the students they host, then it is time we asked why that should be.
What possible explanation can there be for university students, supposedly champions of freedom of speech, of the pure unvarnished truth, of the democratic freedoms and rights of their nation and their people – what explanation can there be for them attacking the Lae premises of this newspaper and on two occasions setting fire to quantities of The National?
It is claimed that these students were reacting to coverage in The National made against two of their number, who have since been arrested and charged with rape.
This newspaper carried a statement issued by the Commander of Police in Lae, in which he noted that two suspects, believed to be university students, were being sought in connection with accusations of rape.
A woman who was allegedly trying to visit her brother on campus late one afternoon stated that she had been held and raped over an extended period by two suspects. Publication of this story led to an angry gang of students descending on our Lae office demanding “an apology” and denying the incident and the paper’s right to report the matter. Some copies of The National were burned.
Worse behaviour was to follow. Students burned more than 300 copies of the paper at the university gates on Thursday morning. The students were reportedly “angry” with the coverage of the incident by The National on that morning.
The newspaper had reported the arrest and charging of two second year students, who have appeared before the Lae District Court for mention, and have been refused bail.
They are being held in custody at Buimo jail awaiting a second court appearance on Aug 21.
The charge of which the two students stand accused is a matter for the courts, and we have no comment to make.
We do have comments to make about the appalling ignorance of a bunch of students who cannot distinguish between those who allegedly commit a crime, and those whose duty it is to report the matter.
These protesting students do not have even the rudiments of knowledge of freedom of speech, of the media, or of the population at large.
They are a disgrace to those who have paid for their tuition, and to the excellent reputation of the university they attend.
We note without the slightest surprise that their fury and anger has been directed solely at the media, and not at those suspected of the vicious and indefensible act of rape.


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Date Posted: Tue, Nov 21 2006, 04:19:09pm


Monday 20th November , 2006

Students freed on rape charge

TWO University of Technology students charged with the rape of a young girl walked out of court to freedom on Friday. Senior commital courts magistrate Posain Poloh dismissed the rape charges against Eddie Kopio, 20, a first year civil engineering student from Wapanamanda, Enga province and Moses Frank, 20, a second year civil engineering student also from Wapanamenda. The court held that there was insufficient evidence to commit the two students to stand trial before a higher court over the allegation they raped a girl in one of the student's room on the night of July 31, 2006.

Both students were arrested and charged that they sexually penetrated the girl without her consent. A statement by the alleged victim read in court said she had gone to the Unitech campus to find her boyfriend. As it was getting dark, a male student approached her and asked her who she was waiting for. The male student later asked her to go with him to his room and wait there while he would go to find the boyfriend. She alleged that the boy returned to the room a little later and after switching off the lights, forced her to remove her clothes and raped her.

She said after he left the room she tried to escape, but noticed there were other boys around so she went back into the room. She went to sleep on the bed but was awoken by another student who forced her to remove her clothes and raped her again. She said she managed to escape from the room and was rescued by security guards at about 3:30am. She was taken to the police station, then to the hospital for a medical check. But presiding magistrate Mr Poloh said the statements by the alleged victim and a security guard were contradictory. Mr Poloh also said the girl had been in the room for about nine hours. It did not make sense that she could not get away or seek help.


This is outrageous for the courts system to let off the hook rapists like this.
The public has no confidence whatsoever on the magistrates and judges who handled this case and dismissed it like that.

The unavoidable and inexcusable naked truth is that, this young lady was raped against her wishes by two educated future leaders of PNG.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Students freed on rape charge

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Date Posted: Wed, Nov 22 2006, 12:51:36pm

These guys need to be imprisoned for life.
They haven't demonstrated that they care about themselves, their education and even their families.

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