Thursday, July 31, 2014

Magistrate Pindipia detained by fraud squad

Magistrate Pindipia detained by fraud squad, PNG Echo

Magistrate Pindipia was tonight picked up by police from Appollo Restaurant, East Boroko, and taken to Fraud Squad Headquarters where he is detained and being questioned in relation to a document that ordered the release of Paul Paraka who, until the production of the controversial document, was in police custody on charges relating to a K242 million fraud.

The document that facilitated Mr Paraka’s premature release emanated from Mr Pindipia and is regarded by the investigating authorities as “highly inappropriate.”

Furthermore, a police spokesperson said that it is suspected that such orders, on the part of the magistrate, are not isolated or confined to this one incident.

Mr. Pindipia, at time of going to press, was still assisting the authorities with their investigations.


Our grassroots legal  expert Bryan Kammer says "It is highly irregular for a Magistrate to be so quick to dismiss charges against an accused on the same day as his arrest without a committal hearing where the evidence is considered including arguments from the public prosecutor."

He continues "If it was a certificate of discharge is means pursuant to Section 100 of the District Act, District Magistrate formed the opinion the evidence is not sufficient to put the defendant on trial. In other words the Magistrate dismissed the charges against him".

"If the Public Prosecutor is not satisfied with a magistrate opinion finding insufficient evidence to put a defendant on trial or discharge him/her from the offence the Public Prosecutor may file a special indictment (called an ex officio indictment) against a person and that person will stand trial in the National Court by passing committal proceedings in the District Court".


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Magistrate Pinson Pindipia frees Paul Paraka without Bail, Same Magistrate seen meeting with Paraka on two ocassions.

Paul Paraka was arrested and charged last week Friday 25th July and whilst the Police were imposing K50,000 bail, Paraka's lawyers went and saw Magistrate Pinson Pindipia who issued a "Certificate of Discharge" on the same day without even imposing a bail of K50,000.

A certificate of discharge is for discharging a convicted criminal from prison or remand etc. It could have been a bail certificate but instead it is a Certificate of Discharge, Is the Magistrate preempting something?

The same Magistrate was accused in the media of having secret meetings with Paul Paraka early this year.

The same magistrate adjourned Paul Paraka's cases for 6 months unduely.

It is understood, Paraka's all other cases are coming up before Pinson Pindipia on Thursday. The fear is that Pindipia might do anything to make the case against Paraka fail come 31st July

Pinson Pindipia is from Southern Highlands and  related to the Prime Minister

A young PNG model on the rise

Noreen Pisa, as she is known was born in Port Moresby General Hospital to a very beautiful couple who she says were very much in love. “I was the last born to a family of four. My dad is from Ialibu, Southern Highlands and my mother is also a Southern Highlander from Kagua” she tells fastbusiness Her dad is a Chief Warrant Officer and a Pipe Major (PNGDF Music Director) in PNGDF Taurama Barracks and her mother, a house wife. She grew up in Taurama Barracks in a very closely knitted community were everyone knows everyone. She did her grade 1-8 in 1996-2003 at Taurama Primary School.

Unfortunately, her mum passed away due to health issues when she was in grade 7. Here is how she recounts her mum’s loss. “My life changed from there on. I learned to become more and more independent” she tells fastbusiness. “It was very tough at that very young age. But my dad became my mother as well as my father” she proudly says. “He did things that I don’t think any father would do. From dealing with my teenage dramas to dealing with my boy issues and the rest. He is my hero. He had molded me into the person I am today because he had trust in me. I grew up in a Christian family, where I was thought to respect others and treat people the way you want to be treated. I am very much a daddy’s girl and still now he calls me his baby” she says laughing.

 The struggles in her life, instead of knocking her off her feet, boosted her moral to be the best for herself and her family. Noreen graduated from year 8 with all distinctions and made into Kila Kila Secondary School where she did her grade 9 to 10 as she recalls with smile. She then went to do her Grade 11 in Port Moresby International and half of Grade 11 and 12 in Marianville Secondary School taking up Physics and Math A. “Physics was my favorite subject. I was always an A student but because of losing mum at a tender age caused me to drop interest in school and my marks dropped” she recounts. She however, made it into UPNG (open college) Science Foundation but due to financial issues she wasn’t able to complete her studies. “I wanted to get into Geology. I had a plan to start working saving up for myself and go back into Uni. I started working in hospitality industry.

 I wasn’t like my other friends who were fortunate to have parents paying for them through Uni. I had to do on my own because my father was supporting my older sisters with their Uni fees and I didn’t want to be an extra burden therefore I had to pull out” she says. The biggest ever challenged she faced in her life as she tells fastbusiness with a sad tone, yet with greater confidence and conviction is the passing of her mum at a tender age. “My mother’s passing away at a very young age was obviously a major challenge. Growing up without a motherly figure was very tough” She also points out that another challenge she faces is having to be a very outgoing and always a happy person.

“I had fair share of haters, it can be really tough” she grins She proudly says her father is the biggest role model in her life. “My father was my biggest role model growing up and still is. He came from a humble beginning from a little village called Ponowi in Southern Highlands Province. Made it into the PNGDF when he was only 16 years old now he is now 65 and has traveled the world doing what he loves. Along the way he rubbed shoulders and made friends with famous and powerful people and still has stays a humble man” Just like any other girls growing up in a big busy city like Port Moresby, Noreen had her childhood dreams. “As like many other little girls, I dreamed of becoming a model.

I was a little fashion diva. I remember around the ages of 4-7 I would dress up in my older sister’s clothes and put on their high heels, makeup and walk the corridor of my house as my runway with my family sitting around cheering me…good old memories” she says with a broad grin on her beautiful face. “Never imagined I would do that in few years’ time with high heels that would actually fit. In primary school my dream was to become a pilot and as I grew older and went into high school I was interested in working in the mines instead. I wanted to be a mining geologist” She however says that her others dream have changed over the years but her dream on being a model stayed.

 “My dreams have changed over the years but ironically I’ve ended up doing what I love as a little girl” she says and adds “Maybe because I never stop dreaming of it” When asked about one thing she wish she changed about her, she like Billionaire Warren Buffet, says “I wish I started earlier” In her own words; “If I could change one thing it would be, I wish I could have started this career at a younger age while I was in PNG” Today, success is a predictable as sun rising and setting. Anyone, anywhere can be successful in their dreams, but the magic is to start early as Noreen highlights.

Early in this sense, means today. Early doesn’t mean you wait till tomorrow. Get up, get dirty and move on. That’s what we call success and that’s what Noreen is doing. Noreen is reaping the benefits of her commitment and perseverance as she recounts below; “I had the opportunity to travel so I took it. I started doing modelling in Vanuatu for a fashion Designer who was previously working backstage in Paris Fashion shows. She had her own Fashion Label in Vanuatu called Jojo Fashion where she designs beautiful summer clothes. I was one of the models who parade her garments in local resorts in Vanuatu every week as a runway fashion show. Even did catalogue modelling for her business website. When I moved to Australia I decided to continue modelling and started by entering modelling competitions with other aspiring models”