Kokopo cops found guilty

Four members of the police task force unit in Kokopo have been found guilty of killing a man after they raided his block at Warangoi on 21 July, 2015.

The policemen received a tip off of marijuana being cultivated at the deceased, Wesley Kenny’s block.

During the search, the deceased was severely beaten up by the officers. As a result, he sustained life threatening injuries which subsequently led to his death.

Joe Ngotngot, Eric John, Jack Bemau and David Haro pleaded not guilty when their case went for trial before Acting Judge David Susame.

They denied assaulting the deceased and inflicting injuries on him.

Evidence from prosecution did not prove a wilful murder case but that of manslaughter.

It was established Kenny died from a raptured spleen as a result of the beatings he received.

The four officers are now waiting to be sentenced by the court.

Sally Pokiton