Homicide

Woman with disability raped, killed: Police

The lifeless and battered body of the woman was found at her family residence at East Boroko, Port Moresby.

The NCD metropolitan superintendent, Commander Perou N’Dranou, said according to reports received from Homicide, the body of the woman, from Central Province, was found under the house.

He said following observations from the homicide unit on ground at that time, the woman could have been beaten and raped in the early hours of the morning – between 2 and 3am.

However, it is still unclear on whether it was a gang rape or not. 

Cold cases still with homicide

NCD Metropolitan Superintendent, Perou N’Dranou, said it is safe to say that homicide is investigating the cases but it involves time and effort.

“All other investigations are continuing, like that of the alleged police shooting of a young boy at the Erima flyover.”

This also includes the other cases that police have been investigating, like that of the late former Border Development Authority chairman, Fred Konga, the late Post-Courier journalist, Rosalyn Albaniel-Evara, and many others.

Sexual crime offences rise

According to CID and Homicide, there has been an increase in cases relating to sex crime offences relating mainly to minors.

OIC Homicide, John Daviagi said they have been attending to reports and investigating cases of sex crimes involving minors and have recently seen an increase in the crime.

Daviagi said it is practically from within the family.

“The perpetrators are not always outsiders and are mainly within the families and communities.”

Major homicide investigations ongoing

However, major cases that are currently being looked at will not be discussed openly as yet.

This is because any information that is speculated or disclosed by homicide police will not be accepted in court in future as evidence.

According to NCD Metropolitan Superintendent, Perou N’Dranou, it is safe to say that homicide is investigating the case but it requires time and effort.

“We need to be meticulous about the cases,” says the NCD police boss.

Lawes Rd hanging: Suspects arrested

The deceased, from Simbu province, was found hanging at one of the houses at Lawes Road, Port Moresby. She was discovered in the earlier hours of October 21.

Upon arriving at the crime scene, homicide detectives suspected that foul play was involved. This was due to bruises being evident hours after her death, including strangulation marks on her throat.

Officer-in-charge of the National Capital District police homicide unit, Ulagis Mantu, told this newsroom that the arrests were made according to investigations.

Over 5 deaths in less than a week: Homicide

The police homicide unit revealed that while two out of four female victims, including the late journalist’s case, had some hiccups, they were re-opened last week with the post mortem of journalist Rosalyn Albaniel Evara (October 25).  

That same day, another woman died on the spot at Manu Autoport at approximately 9am. This was around the same time the body of 23-year-old Tabu Airi, who went missing for four days, was discovered at the Treasury building at Waigani.

Police suspect GBV in women's deaths

According to the homicide unit, four women have lost their lives after allegedly suffering beatings.

Homicide says the late journalist Rosalyn Albaniel Evara’s death was one of these cases that was under investigation. This follows her post mortem on Wednesday (October 25) and burial on Friday.

The other three women, who were all identified to be in their early 30’s, were from East Sepik, Wabag and Simbu provinces respectively.

10 former Chilean officers charged in Victor Jara killing

The charges announced late Wednesday by Judge Miguel Vazquez include homicide and kidnapping in the slaying of Jara and former military police head Littre Quiroga Carvajal.

Jara was dragged down to the basement of an indoor stadium that had been converted into a detention and torture center after the Sept. 11, 1973 coup.