Alotau suspects to be charged

Six of the 11 suspects transferred from Alotau to Port Moresby will be arrested and charged with 22 counts of wilful murder, armed robbery, break, enter and stealing, arson, riot, illegal use of motor vehicle and conspiracy.

The other five suspects will be charged with one count of accessory after the fact for each of the 22 charges and one count of harbouring, for a total of 23 charges each.

The 11 suspects were transferred to Port Moresby from Alotau on Wednesday, February 20th, and are now in police custody. The youngest among the group is 19 years old while the oldest is a 48-year-old man.

Meanwhile, Commander of the Investigation Task Force (ITF) Alotau Detective, Senior Sergeant Joe Puana, assured that investigations are still continuing and they will not stop until the rest of the gang members and leader Tommy Baker are apprehended.

Police Commissioner Gari Baki continues his appeal to Baker and the rest of his gang members to surrender themselves to police.

He said it is in their own interest that they do so to avoid more loss of lives, as two members of Baker’s gang were shot dead in a confrontation with police about three weeks ago.

Commissioner Baki also urged the public to come forward with any information that may lead to the capture of Baker and his gang members.

“We need your support to apprehend Baker and his gang members as you know all our lives are at risk as long as Baker and his gang members remain at large,” he said.

Press release