Chief Inspector David Yapu

One Manus escapee still on the run

This now brings the total to five arrested. They were further slapped with the charge of escaping lawful custody on top of the charges they were facing before they escaped on 31 December 2017.

The three who surrendered to CS officials are Walter Ted (24) from Lukum village, Pobuma LLG, who is on wilful murder charge, Potiloh Pokuwil (28) from Buliso village, Bupi Chupen Lelemadih LLG, on attempted murder charge and 19-year-old Manuel Popres of Tingou village, Tetidu LLG. He is facing armed robbery, break and enter and unlawful wounding charges.  

Youth loses hand in sorcery alleged crime

This resulted in the arrest of two others from the same village, who are now in police custody.

The prime suspect, Simon Pokoi (30) of Warambei village, in the Lelemadih Bupi Chupei LLG, was arrested and charged for causing grievous bodily harm.

The victim of the sorcery accusation related violence, Jeffery Pominis, had his left hand chopped off with a bush knife.

Manus provincial police commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said Pominis was chased and attacked by villagers of Warambei.

Murder accused recaptured

Ken Lomai was caught over the weekend. He escaped with others after he was arrested and charged for a serious offence last year.

Provincial police commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, says Lomai and three other co-accused were charged with wilful murder and were awaiting trial in the National Court when they escaped.

Yapu said while the escapee was on the run, he allegedly damaged the windscreen of a Kingfisher Hire vehicle with another suspect, who is still on the run.

“He will be dealt with for the offence by the CID (criminal investigation department) members.

Man speared over betelnut theft claims

Police say the Manus man was killed after he was speared in his left chest.

The killing took place last Friday at Bundrahei village, Pobuma LLG, in the south coast of Manus.

The deceased, Allan Damien, was from Likum village, also in the same LLG.

Manus provincial police commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, says his officers were deployed to monitor the area due to the tense situation.

“The incident occurred over theft of betelnut in the betelnut block,” he says.

A suspect has been apprehended and is in custody pending further investigation.

33yo dies in land related dispute

Manus provincial police commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said a group of men attacked the deceased, Thomas Soongkombek, on Saturday (November 18) with a piece of timber and hit him on his forehead.

The fight took place at Ndrehet village in PNKA LLG, Lorengau between 1pm and 2pm.

“The deceased sustained a fracture to his brain. He was transported to Bundralis Health Centre but died upon arrival.

“His body was transported by boat to Manus Provincial Hospital and place in morgue for autopsy,” he said.

Police confirm refugee’s suicide

The deceased was identified as 33-year-old Rajeev Rajendran, from Tamil in Sri Lanka.

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the deceased was admitted at the hospital and was receiving treatment for self-inflicted wounds when he hung himself between the hours of 2am and 4am on Monday.

He was in hospital after he attempted to kill himself by using a razor blade to cut his throat.

Whilst admitted, he hung himself in the laundry building of the hospital.

A forensic team from Port Moresby attended to the scene and retrieved his body.

PPC Manus commends security personnel

He said the mobile squad on Quick Response Force will remain in the province till the end of the month while other security personnel have been stood down from the election security operations.

PPC Yapu revealed that all polling allowances have been paid, however, their only issue is the counting allowances.

The security personnel’s allowance issue was taken up with the police headquarters and also with Police Commissioner Gari Baki whilst he was in Manus to observe the election.

​Manus polls wind down

Manus Election Manager Sponsa Navi told Loop PNG this morning that polling for all other LLGs have been completed.

Polling in the remaining ward in Pobuma LLG is currently in progress today while Balopa LLG completd polling yesterday. These two LLGs are the last for polling.

Ballot papers of other LLGs are now being transported back to Lorengau.

His team conducted polling at Whal Island this morning and will proceed to Mbuke Island afterwards.

Suspected impersonator arrested in Manus

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said Thomas Kaleh, 52 years, of Patlok village, Kari, PNKA LLG, was arrested and charged for impersonation, by trying to use another person’s name to cast his vote.

His arrest followed complaints from scrutineers at the polling booths. Reports were then made by polling officials and security personnel, which led to his arrest.

He remains at the Lorengau Police Station.

From this arrest, PPC Yapu is now warning all voters to be honest by using their correct names to vote.

PPC: Take ownership of election

Yapu said people should be allowed to exercise their democratic rights to cast their votes without undue influence, threat or fear.

He is asking for the continuous support and corporation from the people in ensuring a free, fair and safe election is conducted in the province without any disruption.

He said the campaign period which ends today has been quiet and peaceful so far and wants this to continue into polling and counting.