Man falls victim to police brutality

A 48-year-old man from Pangia living in Port Moresby has fallen victim to another police brutality case.

Mathias Tio came out to the media on Wednesday after been hospitalised and receiving 18 stitches to his wound caused by a tear gas explosion on New Year’s Eve.

The incident took place at Wildlife in Morata at around 9pm on Saturday, December 31.

Tio was out to buy some mosquito coils at the canteen on his street when the incident happened.

He described that the police vehicle was unmarked and without a license plate number.

Tio was hit with the tear gas thrown by the police officers to disperse the crowd sitting around.

He recalled that the unmarked vehicle sped off when hearing the crowd shouting “someone was dead”.

Tio was rushed to the hospital by a friend and received 18 stitches to his wound. He is currently undergoing medication and unable to speak clearly due to the wound.

“I was innocent standing with friends when I was hit by the tear gas.

“When they knew I was injured they should have assisted me to the hospital to be treated,” Tio said.

Tio will now make an official complaint to the Boroko Police Station after been treated and discharged from the hospital.


Quintina Naime