Family fined for home brew production

A 66 year old man and three of his sons must pay K4000 fine for the production of home brew of serve a year in hard labor in jail.

The Lorengau District Court sentenced the four this week after convicting them.

People must work hard to sustain their living and not through illegal activities says Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, following the conviction of an elderly man and his sons in Lorengau town this week for producing home brew.

Police mobile squad 19 raided the residence at ward 1, on September 12, and confiscated two 44-gallon plastics drums of fermented home brew, and a full carton of 600mL bottles.

PPC Yapu said, those arrested was 66 year old Kaluwin Lapun and his sons aged between 18 and 34, from Baluan island.

They appeared before Senior Magistrate Francis Kalai at the Lorengau District Court on Tuesday.

The court convicted and fined them K4,000  each. They will serve a sentence of 12 months in hard labor if they failed to pay the fine set by the court.

PPC Yapu said this case should send the message to others producing home brew to be aware of similar penalties that will apply to them if caught.

Picture: Mobile squad 19 members’ and police prosecutor with confiscated Fermented home brew.

Sally Pokiton