Wanted criminal shot dead

A man wanted for the rape and murder of a woman from Eastern Highlands province, whose body was found along the Bumbu river earlier this year was shot dead by police yesterday.

The notorious criminal who was also wanted for a string of armed robberies was shot along the river bank after police were alerted through the toll free number, when a couple was attacked by the deceased and three other criminals.

The couple were the second pair to be attacked around 6pm yesterday; the man was stabbed three times, on his neck, stomach and thighs..   When police intervened, the deceased, armed with a knife and homemade gun opened fired; he was shot during the gun fight.

The victim accompanied by his wife were taken to the hospital where he now recovers. 

The deceased was also wanted for his involvement in a robbery two weeks ago,  at a shop in top town; he was identified through CCTV. 

The three other suspects are believed to be wounded and now on the run. 

Lae Metropolitan Superintendent, Anthony Wagambie junior said the criminal had been a ring leader. 

The Met Sup is warning criminals that police will not tolerate threats and crime activities in the communities. 

He said,  Police will be on full alert to curb down on crime activities in the second largest city. 

Meantime, Wagambie commended his men for their quick actions,  which saved the lives of the man, his partner and many others. 


Picture shows the victim getting treatment. 

Imelda Wavik