The incident took place last Monday night while the third year Divine Word University (DWU) student was walking up to the DWU paramedical campus with his backpack containing his school issued laptop.
The rural health student was approached by a group of armed youths with bush knives. While in the process of defending himself, he sustained a deep cut on the left side of his neck.
The youths ran off with the student’s backpack while he was taken to the hospital, where he received 10 stitches.
Madang Provincial Police Commander Jacob Singura, while warning the residents of Govstoa settlement, sent a taskforce team to streets along Nabasa road to do a raid of the suspects.
Two out of the five youths were caught by police last Tuesday while the other three suspects willingly surrendered themselves to police the next morning at the Jomba Police Station. They were charged with robbery and attempted murder.
The student’s backpack and laptop were never recovered even after the suspects were apprehended. He resumed classes last week.