Discharged firearm in toilet allegedly led to breakout

Details into the escape of fifteen prisoners from the Waigani Police Station cells have now surfaced.

NCD metropolitan superintendent Ben Turi told Loop PNG today that a police officer discharged a firearm in the toilet on Saturday morning.

“We are not sure whether he did that on purpose or it was an accident,” said Turi.

However, the incident allegedly led to the breakout of prisoners.

Among the 15 were a few rapists, some remandees, murder and robbery suspects.

To date, 5 of the prisoners are back in their cells while the rest are still out there, Turi stated.

“I am still waiting for the police station commander to come forward with the name of the policeman who discharged the firearm,” said the metropolitan superintendent.

“By today, if the PSC doesn’t have anything good for me, he will be dealt with.”

Meanwhile, in an interview yesterday, the Waigani PSC, Inspector Jerry Yawa, told Loop that “an incident happened here where they had to take cover for their safety”.

“It’s not a breakout,” he stressed.

“For their safety, they had to push their way out.”

Inspector Yawa said details into the incident are still sketchy.

Carmella Gware