Lawes Rd hanging: Suspects arrested

Two suspects have been formally arrested and charged for the alleged murder of a 17-year-old girl.

The deceased, from Simbu province, was found hanging at one of the houses at Lawes Road, Port Moresby. She was discovered in the earlier hours of October 21.

Upon arriving at the crime scene, homicide detectives suspected that foul play was involved. This was due to bruises being evident hours after her death, including strangulation marks on her throat.

Officer-in-charge of the National Capital District police homicide unit, Ulagis Mantu, told this newsroom that the arrests were made according to investigations.

OIC Mantu said after almost a month of investigation, the case of the late 17-year-old is now closed.

Meantime, investigations into the murder of the former Border Development Authority’s managing director, Fred Konga, is still ongoing.

Mantu said there is no development and they are still looking at different angles of the case.

He added that some of the witnesses and relatives who were supposed to be interviewed have left Port Moresby, pointing at lack of proper cooperation.

However he says despite this, investigation will still continue.

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Imelda Wavik