Manus

Accused in killing of Chinese nationals to stand trial

The court found there was sufficient evidence after the Prosecution’s submission. The court then committed the accused to stand trial in the next National Court sitting. The date and time are yet to be fixed.

The accused, who are all from Likum village in the Pobuma LLG, are Robin Robbilo Micah, aged 39, Graham Floyd Peter, aged 29, and Boas Nathan, aged 32.

They were charged for the following offences:

Youths arrested for alleged rape of minor

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said on June 30th, the suspects from Ponam Island in PNKA, allegedly forced the 11-year-old victim to the beach and took turns to sexually penetrate her.

The incident was reported to police by the victim’s father, where a team of CID officers travelled to Ponam Island and arrested them.

They are in police custody pending further CID investigation.

In another incident, a man was arrested and charged for the persistent sexual abuse of his nephew.

Refugee out on bail, charged for disorderly conduct

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said Nabi Gulang, aged 30 from Madak in Afghanistan, was earlier charged by Police for dangerous driving causing death and sexual penetration of a minor.

For his recent charge, he appeared in the Lorengau District Court on Wednesday, July 8th, before Senior Provincial Magistrate, Billy Pidu.

He was found guilty and convicted to six months in hard labour (IHL). He was escorted to CS Lorengau the next day with other convicted prisoners.

More escapees recaptured from Manus breakout

They have been charged with escape from lawful custody.

Twelve prisoners broke out from the overcrowded Lorengau police cells at around 4am.

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the prisoners broke the lock from the inner cells and cut the iron bars with a hacksaw blade.

Yapu said on the day of the escape, two suspects accused of murder and homebrew surrendered to their relatives and were brought back to the Station and locked up in cells.

This recent apprehension means that eight more suspects are yet to be recaptured.

Betelnut movement concerns Manus police

Chief Inspector Yapu said despite the State of Emergency (SOE) orders, “people are still transporting bags of betelnut from Wewak and Madang to Manus for sales”.

“So far, my members on COVID-19 operations, including the mobile squad 10, confiscated a total of 103 bags of betelnut, destroyed them, impounded their boats and arrested them for breaching SOE orders.

“We will try to improve our capabilities and capacities with limited resources at our disposal on sea surveillance,” PPC Yapu added.

Chinese nationals robbed by masked suspects: Police

Police in Manus reported that they were held up at China harbor compound at Momote Airport.

Manus provincial police commander, chief inspector David Yapu, said the four suspects used a gun, bush knives and iron rods and stole their mobile phones, clothing and K12,000 cash in the cabinet.

“The suspects also assaulted the two victims, who sustained injuries to parts of their body and head,” stated Yapu.

The incident occurred between 3 and 4am on Monday, February 10th.

Manus police report escape of prisoners

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said most of the offenders were charged for minor offences whilst four were for indictable offences.

He said they could have used hacksaw blades to cut the iron bar and made their escape from the cell.

So far, three have surrendered to Police, including a murder suspect.

PPC Yapu, who was frustrated over the escape of the prisoners, had directed his Police Station Commander to investigate and take appropriate actions.

Man in fishing gun incident passes away

The victim, Ngimuli Joel, aged 37 of Sone village, Baluan Island of Balopa LLG, was speared with a fishing gun on the left side of his abdomen, which penetrated out his right side.

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the incident occurred on December 28th during a homebrew brawl at Sone village, Baluan Island.

The victim was transported by boat to Lorengau General Hospital and underwent an operation to remove the spear.

First ever quiet celebrations: PPC

Provincial Police Commander, Chief inspector David Yapu, commended the Manus people for behaving well and taking heed of the Police awareness.

“We had the liquor ban imposed in the province from December 24 to January 1, 2020. And this also led to peaceful New Year celebrations in the province,” stated the PPC.

“From our statistics, in the past we know that alcohol contributes to various law and order issues and with the liquor ban imposed, it had greatly assisted us with peaceful new celebrations.

Sporting equipment for Manus youths

Although operating predominantly in Port Moresby and Lae, the PNG-APP this month extended its assistance to the Buyang village.

On 2 December 2019, PNG-APP Logistics Team Leader, Nigel Page, and Inspector David Thatcher, Public Safety, travelled to Manus Island. They were accompanied by NCD Metropolitan Commander Chief Superintendent, Perou N’Dranou, who is from Buyang village.