Kokoda attack: Accused men to apply to have charges dismissed; still waiting for day in court

Kokoda attack: Accused men to apply to have charges dismissed; still waiting for day in court

Kokoda attack: Accused men to apply to have charges dismissed; still waiting for day in court

Updated 14 December 2016, 17:35 AEDT

Two men accused of robbing and raping tourists along the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea are applying to have the charges against them dismissed, but they are still waiting for their day in court.

Two men accused of robbing and raping tourists along the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea are applying to have the charges against them dismissed.

The alleged attack on the famous World War II track made international headlines in January, when one of the victims claimed to have been attacked by cannibals.

But nine months later, the two men accused of the crime are still waiting for their day in court.

The men are accused of ambushing a British man and his American girlfriend on the Kokoda Track in January.

One of the men, 19-year-old father of two Toksy Jacob, is accused of raping the woman.

The men say they were trying to recover wages owed to Jacob by the trekkers, who were walking the track without a guide, outside the trekking season.

The case attracted a swift response from PNG authorities, and Jacob said he was beaten up by police.

"I was in the cells in Boroko and one policeman came to fight me and hit my head here," Jacob said.

"When I got up I was bleeding. I got some medicine and when I got bailed out I went to the x-ray.

"I was OK but there was blood clotted inside my ear. Now I find it a bit hard to hear."

The men's respective cases have been delayed multiple times.

Now, the men's publicly appointed lawyers have prepared a submission to have the charges against them dismissed for lack of evidence.

'Cases dragging on'

The former head of the Kokoda Track Authority, Warren Bartlett, was one of many people in the trekking industry who were worried about the men's welfare, so he helped them get bail.

"I've been their guarantor since and making sure they appear in court and making sure they have enough money to survive from week to week," Mr Bartlett said.

"The cases have been dragging on and on and we're all getting very frustrated."

About 3,000 people, mostly Australians, walk the Kokoda Track every year.

It is Papua New Guinea's biggest tourism drawcard and many in the trekking industry are worried about the negative publicity from the alleged attack.

They are hoping the case will be resolved soon, so that the industry can show the track is safe for trekkers.