Chief Inspector David Yapu

Fourth escape for high-risk prisoner

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the escapee, Wendal Agua, aged 28 from Likum village, climbed over the razor fence with another prisoner, 22-year-old Kevin Murimbe, on January 31st.

The PPC said Agua was charged with wilful murder, where he was convicted by the National Court on April 10th, 2019, and sentenced to 30 years in hard labour.

Manager tied, stabbed

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the victim was asleep when five suspects, armed with a homemade gun, bush knives and an axe, forced their way through a window in the heavy downpour.

Police reported that the suspects tied both his hands and legs and placed an unknown object in his mouth to prevent him from screaming.

The suspects then demanded the safe key from him but he refused, at which they stabbed him in the left thigh.

The hotel securities were alerted and came to rescue him.

Alleged drunk suspects detained over youth’s killing

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the suspects allegedly attacked the deceased in the haus man.

“They hit him on head with tree branches and caused deep wound to his head, causing severe blood flow that resulted in his death,” stated the PPC.

PPC Yapu said the suspects were drunk at the time of the incident.

He dispatched a team of CID members and policemen to attend to the matter after it was reported.

Policewoman charged for aiding prisoner's escape

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said 27-year-old police woman, Sharon Wamuni, from Numangua village, Ambunti in East Sepik, was arrested and charged for aiding the prisoner.

PPC Yapu said the officer was on duty from 8am - 4pm, where she went to the police cells and unlocked the cell block. She let Job Pobress come out of the cells to fetch water when he took advantage of the situation and fled.

Probe into break-in at bank official’s house

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the suspects gained access to the premises, climbed up the water tank at the back of the house, removed louvre blades and entered the house.

They allegedly went through the manageress’ bedroom whilst she was fast asleep and stole her two mobile phones, bilum and cash.

The security guard who was at the premises was believed to have been asleep at that time.

“The incident was reported to police and police are pursuing their investigations,” stated the PPC.

Couple arrested in dawn raid

Following a tipoff by Air Niugini staff and securities, Manus police raided the settlement at Katen Tingou, Upper ward 5 at Lorengau town, and recovered large quantities of drugs that were concealed inside wheelbarrow tyres.

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the drugs were smuggled out from Lae through an Air Niugini flight as freight on Monday (May 11th).

“The husband is from Boana in Lae, Morobe Province, and the wife is from Koroji, Pobuma LLG, Manus Province. Both are in police custody.”

Homebrew activities concern police

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said over the weekend members of the Mobile Squad 10 confiscated a number of homebrew implements, better known as ‘wara galas’, at Dungoumasih village outside Lorengau town.

The team picked up two gas cylinders and seven large containers as well as a local man and had him arrested and charged for being in possession of homebrew implements.

Immigration officers, soldiers arrested during Easter

The four officers were among seven arrested for drunk driving in Lorengau.

PPC Manus, Chief Inspector David Yapu, was frustrated to see the Immigration officers with PNGDF soldiers and civilians misusing hired vehicles, drinking alcohol and driving around in vehicle intended for the use of refugee operations on the island.

Police allege the group, while under the influence of alcohol, also went to a residence and assaulted the owner of a house at ward 1 as well as damaged his properties.

Man suffers burns, wife on the run

Manus PPC, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the Family Protection Act protects both the husband and wife from any form of domestic violence and the wife will be dealt with under the Criminal Code Act for allegedly causing grievous bodily harm.

Police say on March 9th, the woman allegedly poured hot water on her husband’s back, causing severe injury after an argument.

The man from South Fly Western Province is receiving treatment at Lorengau General Hospital.

 PPC Yapu is appealing to the woman to surrender to police after an official complaint was made.

Missing 4yo’s body retrieved

The four-year-old’s body was found on Sunday as it drifted ashore at the Naval base beach at Lombrum.

Manus Provincial Police Commander, chief inspector David Yapu, said all missing bodies have now been retrieved and are at the Lorengau Morgue.

The victims were among 30 passengers travelling on a 23-foot, 60 horse powered boat to a funeral when the boat capsized due to strong winds and rough seas near Pityluh Island.