Manus Police

Specialized police units created in Manus

Family Sexual Violence (FSV), Sexual Offences Squad, (SOS) and Transnational Crime unit (TCU) are new units.

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu said creation of the Sexual Offense Squad is in response to reported cases of rape, sexual penetration, child molesting, incest and sexual touching in the province.

He said there are serious offences and must be dealt by appropriate unit so that the perpetrators are dealt with the full force of the law with punitive punishment.

2017 challenging for Manus police

In highlighting the year, Provincial Police Commander, David Yapu, who was also promoted to the rank of Chief Inspector in April, said he was faced with lots of challenges and critics from people last year.

“I have made a lot of changes in the organization especially dealing with discipline issue as our number one priority and brought the organization and Manus Province to the next level within my (2) years in the Province.

Wrap up festive operations in Manus

Police say the suspect is a known prison escapee who had been on the run.

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector said police were out in full force to ensure the New Year was celebrated peacefully however there were reported incidents which police were able to attend to.

They include a break and enter incident where a youth broke into a shop to steal. That youth has since been arrested and is in police custody.

There was also reports of unlawful wounding, discharging of firearms and two arrests made for homebrew and drug consumption.

Manus Police: Common sense must prevail

“They must remain in their yard or premises and celebrate New Year and not come out on the main road and street to block off the road or dump rubbish.

“Police will come hard on them if they break the law. Police will be working round the clock 6pm to 6am.

“Those people that are living in the small outer Islands of Manus, the same message applies to them.

Youth stabbed to death

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.

Manus police commends community leaders

Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector, David Yapu says he is pleased with Ward Councilors, ward development Committees, and Village Court Magistrate playing a leading role in maintaining law and order in their respective wards and LLG levels.

He made these comments after conducting an awareness at Rambutso Island over the weekend.

Meantime, police arrested a 39 year-old man over the weekend from Rambutso Island and charged him with the sexual penetration of a grade 7 student.

The incident allegedly took place on November 11 in the victim’s village.

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.

Police: Refugee tried committing suicide last year

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said he is of Iranian nationality.

“The deceased was identified as Hamed Shamshiripou, 28 years of age from Iran and lives at East Lorengau Refugee Transit Centre,” he said.

He said the deceased’s body was found hanging on the branch of a tree near East Lorengau Elementary by students at 9am on Monday, August 7.

“After receiving the report of the suicide, police and Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Authority Services (PNGICSA) attended to the scene and retrieved the body,” PPC Yapu said.

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.