62yo attacked by crocodile

A 62-year-old man from Baluan Island lost his life after he was attacked by a crocodile at Lou Island in Manus.

Manus PPC, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the deceased, Sokal Silikara, was out fishing last Thursday when he was attacked.

Sadly, he could not be saved by his brother and others on the boat.

His body was retrieved and taken to the Lako Health centre but was pronounced dead. It was later taken to the Lorengau hospital morgue.

PPC Yapu warned the villagers at Lou and Baluan islands to look out for crocodiles in the area and report any sighting to police.

In another incident, police have arrested and charged the headmaster of Ndramalmal Primary School in the PNKA LLG for sexual touching.

Police allege the headmaster, a 51-year-old of Bundralis village, invited the female teacher into his office, locked the door and sexually abused her. She then reported the matter to Police, which resulted in his arrest.

Jerry Sileh went before the Lorengau District Court yesterday (March 22).

PPC Yapu described his behaviour as disgraceful and disrespectable to his fellow teachers and the students at the school he is teaching.

“He has tarnished his reputation and character as teacher of his profession,” said Yapu.

Sally Pokiton