Commander Perou N’Dranou

Unabated sexual crimes in NCD: Police

For last week alone, eight incidents were reported to the NCD metropolitan superintendent’s office.

During today’s weekly police briefing, Commander Perou N’Dranou said they received 3 reports of sexual penetration, 3 of child rape and 2 of sexual assault.

Other reports that came in from May 20th-26th include:

  • 6 reports of stolen motor vehicles
  • Fraud (6)
  • Break-and-enter (1)
  • Armed robbery (2)

“Basically, the crime rate has been steady,” said the met supt.

Concern over police presence in public areas

All vendors are also being removed from public places, such as in front of shopping centres and bus stops. 

However, some residents deemed this exercise unusual.

Many have expressed concern that the intimidating police presence and the removal of vendors may increase petty crimes in non-guarded areas. 

But the metropolitan superintendent, Perou N’Dranou, has given the assurance that this is nothing new.

He said there are laws in place for vending in public places and what his team is doing is in line with this.

Woman with disability raped, killed: Police

The lifeless and battered body of the woman was found at her family residence at East Boroko, Port Moresby.

The NCD metropolitan superintendent, Commander Perou N’Dranou, said according to reports received from Homicide, the body of the woman, from Central Province, was found under the house.

He said following observations from the homicide unit on ground at that time, the woman could have been beaten and raped in the early hours of the morning – between 2 and 3am.

However, it is still unclear on whether it was a gang rape or not. 

3 years, over 800 sexual offence cases: Police

Statistics on the reported cases under the family and sexual violence (FSV) unit is concerning, says NCD metropolitan superintendent, Commander Perou N’Dranou.

N’Dranou said there were about 300 reported cases in 2015, 307 cases in 2016 and 261 reported cases in 2017.

The Met Sup noted that out of the total (868), only about 362 cases have been closed so far; 190 cases closed in 2015, 106 in 2016 and 66 cases closed in 2017.

N’Dranou attributed this to a number of factors, including manpower and facilities.

“However, there is no excuse for the outcome.”

Public challenged

The NCD metropolitan superintendent, Commander Perou N’Dranou, challenged people gathered to watch yesterday’s Boroko police station parade to be mindful of how they deal with issues on the street.

He said the community must also play their part, especially in cases where they can step up and prevent crime, like petty theft and bag snatching.

He urged them to make a difference.

N’Dranou says the onus is on everyone to create a safe environment conducive for all.

It is only through a community effort that change can take place on the streets.