Wilful murder

Student arrested in spear killing

Police say the man is a Grade 10 student and was arrested and charged with wilful murder yesterday.

Elizah Sipayau (20) of Bundrahei village will appear at the Lorengau District Court tomorrow (Wednesday) over allegations he killed Allan Damien, 23, from Likum village.

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, says the incident occurred over betelnut theft at a block between Bundrahei and Likum villages.

It is alleged a fight took place between the two where Sipayau ran into his house and picked up a hunting spear.

​Community retaliates, kills suspected rapist

According to police reports, 22-year-old Tommy Thomas, from a mixed parentage of Goroka and Buka, allegedly attacked the girl when she was walking home from school on Thursday, 17 May, at 14-Mile, outside the nation’s capital.

Central police commander, Laimo Asi, told Loop PNG that the suspect, in a face mask and armed with a knife, attacked the girl from behind.

“He stabbed her twice but she blocked him off. Another youth, who happened to be nearby, heard the cry from the victim and disturbed the suspect, who fled into hiding.”

Police officer arrested for murder

44-year-old Steven Numbos of Kragut village, Wewak, East Sepik province, went before Magistrate Mekeo Gauli on Wednesday. His charge was read and explained to him before his case was adjourned for another month, to give police crime investigators time to investigate allegations against him.

Charged with wilful murder on Dec 30, 2016, police allege Numbos shot a man, known to the court as Ija Mulugu, using a high-powered rifle.

Woman gets 25 years for murder

Cathleen Philip was given 25 years imprisonment for killing Emily Bire, the first wife of her estranged husband in the full view of the public and in the presence of the deceased’s two young children.  Husband’s name was not mentioned during the sentencing today.

Justice Sir Kina Bona in sentencing Philip said willful murder attracts either death penalty or life imprisonment however the element of provocation was taken into account in the sentence.