Knight: Alleged rapists must be brought back

Open Member for Manus Ronny Knight has reiterated his calls for three expats who allegedly drugged and raped a local woman in Manus on July 15 last year to return to the country for investigations.

The local MP expressed anger at the way the victim in the alleged incident was treated, calling on authorities to have the three Australians brought back into the country.

The three Australians worked at the Regional Processing Center in Lombrum as security guards when they allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted a local woman who was an employee of Transfield on the night of July 15 last year.

It is alleged the woman had been drinking with the Wilson security guards, when she was allegedly drugged and later found naked and unconscious in a bathroom at the security staff quarters.

“It seems we are second class citizens in our own land and not being heard by our government. If this was any other province there would be many deaths by now,” the frustrated member said.

“They assured Manus people that they would return them within the week. It’s a year already and nothing has happened. Our people are not happy.

“I am very angry about the treatment of the victim. Are we second class citizens in our own land? There seems to be a conspiracy to shove it under the carpet,” Knight added.

Last year he called on the National Government to seriously look into ensuring Australians operating at the Regional Processing Centre comply with all PNG Laws.

To date, the three guards have not been brought back for investigations to take place.

(Loop file picture of Ronny Knight at a Press Conference last year.)




Sally Pokiton