Abducted 18yo reunites with family

18-year-old Dominic Cletus, believed to be abducted on Sunday, has reunited with his family in Badili, Port Moresby.

The mentally challenged young man was mistakenly linked to a robbery at the Koki bus stop earlier that afternoon.

Dominic says he was threatened into a bus 17 with a bush knife at Badili by men, possibly of Western Highlands origin. 

He was taken to Morata 1, in the North-West electorate, where he was tortured and forced to reveal information. 

“They cut me on my calf muscles on both legs so I wouldn’t run away. Then they beat me with iron rods and knife. They burnt my eyeballs with cigarette butts,” said the young man.

This ordeal continued into the night. By 12 midnight, Dominic was brought to the Waigani police station, upon pleas by women in the community.

His father, Cletus Gomiai, said Dominic was locked up with no charges. He was transferred to the Boroko police cell, charged with armed robbery and made bail Monday afternoon.

After more than 24 hours, Dominic was reunited with his family.

“We thank God firstly,” says Cletus. 

He also thanked the community, the women leaders and police who came together to help.

In the meantime, he is appealing to the perpetrators, including the businessman involved, to give themselves up at the Badili police station.

“We are giving you 7 days’ grace period. We have retrieved your bus key and we have the culprits who held your bus up on Sunday. Let’s come to an arrangement for the unnecessary trauma done to Dominic,” he said. 

Dominic’s family have called on the public to help stop further abductions and kidnapping in the country.

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Gloria Bauai