​Community retaliates, kills suspected rapist

A young man, who allegedly tried to rape a 17-year-old, lost his life after being badly beaten up by community members.

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.”

Community members then mobilised, apprehended the suspect and bashed him up.

“They handed him over to the police with serious injuries,” PPC Asi said.

“He was rushed to the Port Moresby General Hospital but pronounced dead on arrival.

“Police are also investigating the death as wilful murder.”

On the other hand, the PPC pointed out that the community is fed up with crime in their area, hence the quick apprehension of the suspect. 

Carmella Gware