David Yapu

​Soldier arrested for sexual assault

The 21-year-old from Mendi, Southern Highlands Province, was arrested last week. He was charged with two counts of sexual penetration.

It is alleged he sexually assaulted a 14 year-old girl on two occasions between April and May 2017.

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, told Loop PNG he was caught red-handed on the second alleged occasion by families of the victim.

A complaint placed at the police station led to his arrest.

The man is currently in police custody and is expected in court next Monday.

​NGI security operation to be launched

Police Commissioner Gari Baki will launch the security operations for Manus, East New Britain, New Ireland and West New Britain provinces in Lorengau.

Host and Acting Manus Provincial Police Commander, senior inspector David Yapu, said all preparations for the launch are in place, and he thanks Commissioner Baki for choosing Manus to launch the NGI operations.

For Manus province alone, a combined security operation will consist of Police, Correctional Service and PNG Defence Force personnel, with some assistance to come from the East New Britain province.

​Four still missing at sea

Among those unaccounted for is a woman.

Manus acting PPC, senior inspector David Yapu, has advised relevant authorities of the incident as well as boat operators travelling between Madang and Manus to keep an eye out for them.

He said 11 people were on board the boat that left Karkar at 9am last Thursday. The 23-footer boat with two 40 horse powered engines encountered strong wind and rough seas, which resulted in its overturn at around 2pm.

Grade 8 students arrested on sex charges

The two juveniles were arrested and charged on Tuesday this week with sexual penetration, under section 229(a) of the Criminal Code act and Sexual offense and Crimes against Children’s act.

The victim is a 14-year-old Grade Seven student who also attends the same primary school as the alleged perpetrators.

Manus acting provincial police commander, Senior Inspector David Yapu, said the victim, who attends Liap Primary School, was returning home last Wednesday (March 29) when she was allegedly confronted and sexually assaulted by the students, who are also 14 years of age.

Locals sabotage flight operations into Momote

Police in Manus told Loop PNG today, two men from the Rapatona LLG removed the office keys from Enock Kapet who is the safety officer, affecting flight operations into the airport because they were not happy with the awarding of the contract for the airport redevelopment.

Acting Provincial Police Commander, Senior Inspector David Yapu said the incident took place last Friday, March 31 which saw flights affected for three days.

Boat carrying 6 goes missing

The boat, carrying four females and two males, was returning to Wewak on Saturday (March 4) after their betelnut sales run to Lorengau.

A Manus woman is amongst those missing while the rest are from Tarawai Island, Murik and Maprik in the East Sepik Province.

Acting provincial police commander, Senior Inspector David Yapu, told Loop PNG the missing boat was reported on Friday 10 March after it did not reach Wewak.

Arrested for allegedly chopping off woman’s hand

The accused, Kanah Pahun, from Yiringou village in the Lelemadih-Bupi Chupei LLG, Lorengau District, Manus, was arrested and charged for unlawful wounding on Monday this week.

Police allege he chopped off a woman’s left hand on Friday, March 3, following an argument.

Pahun was apprehended by the local community and handed over to police. He is expected to appear at the Lorengau District Court today.

Sexual offenses within family unit increasing: PPC

Manus Acting Police Provincial Commander, Senior Inspector David Yapu, revealed this when raising his concerns over the increasing trend.

He is now appealing to the community leaders in the province to speak up about this immoral practise within the family unit following recent reported incidents of young girls being sexually assaulted by male members of their own families.

He is calling on families to work together with police to address these issues.

LO suggests a brothel for ‘hyper active refugees’

Local landowner in Lorengau town, Pomaiou Poiil, said: “The government should allow for a w**** house in Lorengau town.

“I know a lot of people will be against me as PNG is a Christian country but Manus Island must be an exception.

“We are dealing with a situation that has never happened before in the country.”

The landowner says if the Government approves the idea, he will get in call girls from Asian countries to service these “hyper active refugees”.

Deal with asylum seekers who break PNG laws!

Provincial police commander, Senior Inspector David Yapu, said the police have conducted awareness for the asylum seekers to respect the locals and the laws of PNG.

“But it seems to have fallen on deaf ears and social problems is now an issue with local police and the asylum seekers.”