Youth stabbed to death

An 18 year old youth was stabbed to death on Friday in Lorengau town allegedly by another teenager.

The 18 year old suspects who recently completed grade 12 in the province was apprehended by police during the Festive Operations on Saturday morning following the incident.

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector, David Yapu, identified the deceased as Simon Joseph, of Manus and New Ireland parentage.

He said the stabbing incident occurred between 11 and 11.30pm at ward 6, where the deceased was stabbed on the back with a sharp object which penetrated through his heart and caused his death.

He was rushed to Lorengau General Hospital but was pronounced dead.  His body is in morgue for Autopsy.

PPC Yapu said frustrated relatives of the deceased caused damages to the door of the emergency room at the Lorenagu General Hospital.

He raised concerns over the actions of the deceased’s relatives who were alleged to be drunk at the time.

“Some frustrated people who were drunk, damaged the emergency room door without any lawful reasons.

“The death of the deceased has nothing to do with hospital facilities and the hospital must be respected at all times.

“It is a government institution providing vital services to the people of Manus and to serve their lives,” Yapu said.

He directed his officers to investigate and deal with those perpetrators to face the full force of the law.

Meantime Police are continuing with their festive Operations in Manus and the province has been relatively quiet and peaceful.

“We will be out in full force to deal with anyone who break the law during the New Year operations,” said Yapu.

Sally Pokiton