Suspects in journo’s assault charged

Four men who were allegedly involved in the attack of a journalist last Friday will be facing the Lae District Court following their arrests.

Lae metropolitan superintendent, Commander Anthony Wagambie Jnr, confirmed today that the journalist had laid complaints for unlawful assault by these men.

The men, who are attached with the office of Governor for Morobe, were arrested and charged on two counts: one each for assault and one each for drunk and disorderly behaviour.

Wagambie Jnr stated that the incident occurred at Erap. Police were alerted via a phone call and quickly responded, escorting both parties back to the police station.

The Met Supt stressed that he does not condone such actions towards journalists and has called for restraint and proper dialogue to be actioned if and when there are grievances against media personnel or the organisation.

He also added that the Morobe Governor has no involvement nor was he aware of the actions of these officers prior to the assault.

"The four men are accountable for their own actions,” says Wagambie Jnr.

He is also warning that individuals or officers attached to public offices, or office of elected members, to understand that their actions only taint the reputation of the office holder.

Imelda Wavik