Lawyer wades in on Origin violence

PORT MORESBY, 03 NOVEMBER (THE NATIONAL)--- A Papua New Guinea law firm is trying to stop live broadcasts of the State of Origin rugby league games throughout the country.

Danny Gonol Lawyers has written to the Attorney General Ano Pala, Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko and PNG Rugby Football League Sandis about the move.

The law firm has received complaints from a number of citizens in relation to injuries sustained and deaths resulting from the games played in Australia every year between May and July.

Principal of Danny Gonol Lawyers, Danny Gonol, said the destruction left by the supporters of the game was huge, like social problems relating to martial disharmony, road accidents, deaths and many more.

He said the law firm has received instructions to file court proceedings to stop the broadcasting State of Origin matches in the country until such time people start to behave.

“We are taking a closer look at the instructions to affirm if there is a cause of actions worth filing in court for the court determination and once confirmed we will take appropriate action representing the interests of our clients,” Gonol said.

Gonol said one example was late Lita Naiyok who was killed at the Mt Hagen main market early this year which was related to a State Of Origin game.

He said Naiyok in her early 40’s from Maramuni in Enga died as she was stabbed to death in a fight between two factions.

Gonol said Naiyok was a mother, entrepreneur and a long time resident of Mt Hagen. He said on June 22 there was fighting in the streets of Mt Hagen following two deaths the previous night that erupted at Warakum between supporters of the two teams..... PACNEWS


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