7 Mar 2005

Former PNG MP Unagi explains shooting incident

2:06 pm on 7 March 2005

A former Papua New Guinea MP has told the Boroko District Court that he fired several shots from his pistol to disperse a group of people who were blocking a road he was driving on, because he thought they were criminals.

The National newspaper reports that David Unagi denied a charge relating to the discharge of a firearm claiming that he had no choice but to get out of his car and fire several shots into the air after a rock was thrown at his vehicle.

A police constable who observed the incident, which took place last November, pursued the former MP as he left the scene and demanded to see his driver's license and his gun permit.

He was then questioned at a local police station and charged three weeks later.

The case is continuing.