Manus

Suspect in EC office break-in apprehended

Manus provincial police commander (PPC), Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the suspect was picked up last Friday, July 5th, at the Ward 5 market in Lorengau, where he was later charged.

Frustrated at the incident of June 28th, PPC Yapu said this is the fourth time the PNG Electoral Commission office was broken into.

He said people must respect this office as they are ready to go out and deliver the LLG Elections for the people of Manus to elect their leaders for their ward level.

Aussie man facing sex charges to return to court

A ruling is expected on whether there is sufficient evidence to commit him to stand trial at the National Court.

Charged with two counts of sexual touching, Terry Shane Geddes of Woodside, Brisbane, appeared at the Lorengau Committal Court last week, where submissions were presented to the presiding magistrate, Ben Kome.

The defendant is on K15,000 National Court bail and should return to court on 17th June. 

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Church elder arrested

The 56-year-old church elder from one of the mainline churches is alleged to have ‘sexually touched’ a 12-year-old victim on two occasions.

The man from the Balopa LLG allegedly sexually touched the minor in February 2014 and in April 18 this year.

PPC Manus Chief Inspector David Yapu said such an incident involving a church elder is immoral and against church values, bringing a bad image to the church.

High speed internet access for Manus

This will be facilitated in the first quarter of 2020 by PNG DATACO LIMITED (DataCo), the state-owned backbone ICT provider.

Manus is currently serviced by satellite providers including Telikom, Digicel and bmobile.

However, access, speed, cost and availability of satellite services has left no options for the people of Manus that will transform and propel the island community into the digital age.

Missing 4yo’s body retrieved

The four-year-old’s body was found on Sunday as it drifted ashore at the Naval base beach at Lombrum.

Manus Provincial Police Commander, chief inspector David Yapu, said all missing bodies have now been retrieved and are at the Lorengau Morgue.

The victims were among 30 passengers travelling on a 23-foot, 60 horse powered boat to a funeral when the boat capsized due to strong winds and rough seas near Pityluh Island.

Child still missing after boating mishap

The overloaded boat, which included four other children and 25 adults, was on its way to a funeral when it encountered strong winds and rough sea.

Police in Manus say the 23 foot-60 horse powered engine left Lorengau with other boats on Thursday when they encountered strong winds and rain.

The overloaded boat with 30 passengers was nearing Pityluh Island, which is about 10 minutes out of Lorengau, when they capsized.

Most of the passengers managed to hold onto the side of the boat and drifted for half-an-hour before they were rescued by another boat from Pityluh.

Murder suspect arrested after 6 years

He appeared at the Lorengau District court on March 8th.

28-year-old Sorou James of Derembat village was arrested by police after he allegedly killed a Gabriel Kirah, also from the same village, on December 30th, 2011.

He was charged with wilful murder for allegedly hitting the deceased on the back of his head with a timber, causing instant death.

Police also alleged he carried the deceased’s body to his house, tied a rope around his neck and hung him on the verandah to make it look like a suicide.

Two die in boating mishap

The incident took place between the seas of Sori and Ndrehet village, along the north coast of Manus between 3-4pm.

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said a 23-footer boat with 60 horsepower electric motor was carrying 17 passengers on board.

Also onboard was a 44 gallon fuel drum, a 40 HP engine motor and personal properties.

The boat was returning from Kali Island after a burial and was heading back to Lorengau town.

Peaceful protest request refused

The Manus Development Forum had written a letter to the provincial police commander’s office to seek approval for them to host a peaceful walk from Ward 2 to Lorengau town main market.

The purpose of the peaceful walk is to call for an urgent humanitarian evacuation of all refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island.

PPC Manus Chief Inspector David Yapu refused to grant the request due to the sensitivity of the issue.

Peaceful NGI celebrations

East New Britain Province reported a quiet New Year’s Eve and day celebration with no major incidents.

Provincial Police Commander, Joseph Tabali, said as was for Christmas, the province was quiet. The only incident was a missing boat from Namatanai which was recovered on Sunday in the Duke of York waters.

In Manus, local police, assisted by Mobile Squad 18, were out in full force On December 31st, 2018, and January 1st, 2019.