Public solicitor to lead Alotau probe

The Office of the Public Solicitor will be leading the investigations into the January 23rd Alotau clash between criminals and police, which resulted in the death of three people and burning down of 10 houses.

Milne Bay Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector George Bayagau, said directions were given by the Attorney General following complaints made against his police officers involved in the incident. Chief Inspector Bayagau believes the independent investigator will be brought into the province soon.

Of interest to the Public Solicitor-led investigation is the conduct of policemen prior to, during and after the incident on 23rd January, Bayagau said.

Meanwhile, the situation in Alotau is quiet and business has returned to normal. Police continue with their constant presence in Alotau to keep watch of Tommy Baker and his gang members.

Bayagau could not comment further on arrests made so far, however, he confirmed investigations are continuing in relation to the death of the provincial legal officer, burning of the police houses, break and enter into shop, stealing of the ATM and the death of the woman and her son.

(Alotau Milne Bay FB page picture)

Press release