Convict dies at Bomana

A prisoner from the East Sepik Province has passed on while in custody at the Bomana jail.

Jail Commander, Superintendent Haraha Kiddy Keko, has confirmed the passing of Abraham Maken.

The late Maken was convicted on February 23 over the murder of Wilfred Langu on July 15, 2015, after a drunken brawl at Taurama.

Commander Keko said the prisoner had TB and was on medication till his passing.

“He had some fracture when he was young but medical also revealed he had TB. So he was also treated for TB until he passed away.  

“He’s still in our custody because we need to sort out his casket. That will be our responsibility,” Keko said.

“We’ve already put in a request for funding; it’s at the headquarters now but we will deliver his casket to his family in Moresby, because that’s where the crime was committed and where our responsibility will end as well.

“He’s from East Sepik Province, if the family wish to take him home, it’s at their own expense.

“I can always get in touch with my colleague at Boram jail and they will assist with transport from Wewak,” he added.

Bomana prison has 669 inmates. There is no doctor currently on site however, a Health Extension Officer assists inmates with their medical issues.

Sally Pokiton