More Manus escapees recaptured

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said 22-year-old Manuel Popress, of Salian village, Lorengau, was initially charged with break-and-enter when he escaped police cells in November 2020 with 12 other prisoners.

He was on the run until his recapture at Cancer Hill, upper ward 6, Lorengau town.

PPC Yapu said he was allegedly involved in the attempted hold up of the BSP ATM at the Lorengau General Hospital on December 31st, 2020.

ATM damaged during attempted robbery

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said between 11.40pm on Dec 31, 2020, and 12.01am on January 1st, 2021, five armed suspects with three homemade guns and a crowbar, held up the hospital’s security guards and forced open the door to the ATM.

They smashed the glass of the machine open to steal the cash however, were prevented from accessing it by the machine’s electronic security system.

PPC Yapu said the suspects, when figuring out that any further attempt would be futile, escaped on foot to the back of hospital and into the bush.

46 suspects arrested on Christmas

Among those apprehended were 14 juveniles and two female suspects.

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the conflict stemmed from some outstanding issues in the past.

One of the group leaders mobilised his members and went to the house of another group leader who was a ward councillor.

Armed with sticks, stones and anything they could lay their hands on, the first group yelled obscenities at the ward councillor’s house. The PPC said the ward councillor and his group then retaliated in response.

Manus police start festive operations

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said his members will be working around the clock to ensure the people celebrated the Christmas and New Year peacefully.

They will be conducting the following:

Youth killed during drinking spree: Police

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, gave a strong warning after a youth was arrested and charged for allegedly killing his peer.

The 18-year-old from Baluan Island, Balopa LLG, was charged with the killing of Anley Musio.

Yapu said the incident occurred in the early hours of Friday November 6th at ward 7, Lorengu town, during a drinking session.

Police reported that an argument over alcohol started between the suspect and deceased.

Relatives retaliate after alleged gang rape

Police in Manus reported that a 16-year-old girl was gang raped by three young men after returning home after the Grade Eight National Examination on Thursday November 5th at ward three, Lorengau town.

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the victim was using a shortcut to her house between 2 and 3pm when she was confronted by the drunken suspects.

Individuals fined for breaching fisheries act

Manus police reported that a sea cucumber buyer appeared in the Lorengau District Court on the 2nd of October for two counts of unlicensed buying and obstruction of fisheries enforcement officers.

He was convicted and fined K20,000 for each count, and was given until the 2nd of November to pay off the K40,000.

In another incident, five men from Loniu village in Los Negros LLG appeared in court on Friday, the 9th of October, for diving at night for sea cucumber. They pleaded guilty to the offence and were convicted.

Convict recaptured during dawn raid

PPC Manus, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the prisoner, named Wendol Agua, aged 24 of Likum village in Pobuma LLG, Lorengau, escaped from police custody and was on the run until October 6th.

Agua escaped after he was sentenced by the Lorengau National Court on the 10th of April to serve 30 years in hard labour, where he would be discharged on the 9th of April, 2049.

Yapu further appealed to the people and community in Manus Province to assist police and provide information on those escapees who are still on the run.

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.

Trio still missing at sea

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said a 50-year-old man, his 18-year-old son and 14-year-old nephew from Maso ward on Bipi Island, left on a 19-footer boat powered by a 40HP engine to western reef to dive for beche-de-mer. They were supposed to return the next day but after a no-show, the wife raised the alarm.

“A search by villagers was conducted for the trio but they could not locate them. Police were contacted and assisted with the search,” said the PPC.