Murder

Family surrenders murder suspect to police

Paul Karuka, 21, of Kivori-Kui in Kairuku District of Central Province, is the alleged murderer of James Ikupu, 32, of the same village. Karuka is a year 12 student at Mainohana Secondary School in the Central Province.

It was alleged that on December 22nd, 2018, village youths, including the suspect and victim, were consuming alcohol. The suspect and the victim were cousin brothers. Whilst drinking a fight broke out between the youths and the suspect allegedly murdered the victim.

Karuka went into hiding after he allegedly committed the crime.

Policeman charged with murder

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Crimes and Commander of the Investigative Task Force (ITF) in Mendi, Hodges Ette, alleged that the defendant, who is a local policeman, negligently and without lawful reasons discharged a firearm resulting in the pellet which ricocheted and caused the death of another person.

The policeman, Constable Moses Snow of Kware village in Nipa, and attached to Nipa Police Station, was arrested and charged for the murder of the youth. The incident occurred last weekend.

Life imprisonment for 3 murderers

19-year-old Joe Raphael, 20-year-old Micah Raphael and 27-year-old Bokomo Manlem were sentenced to life in jail for killing a police reservist, George Misang, in Kandrian last year.

The three pleaded guilty to killing 54-year-old police reservist George Misang on 4 September 2017.

From Paon village in Kandrian, the three were involved in a fight that night after consuming homebrew when the deceased came across them.

Youths on murder charge allowed bail

Lua Iru and Wari Varage were arrested on April 8 after they allegedly killed a man on April 6 while fighting over a disputed land.

The man they allegedly killed intervened to stop the fight after they used fence posts to attack each other.

The deceased was struck on the back of his head. He felt pain to his head and was coughing up blood when he was taken to the Kupiano Health Centre.

He was later taken to the Port Moresby General Hospital but died on the way.

18-year sentence for Morobe murder

Jimmy Somo of Gomena village pleaded guilty before the Lae National Court to attacking Kove Gomena, which led to his death.

Gomena died on 5 March 2016 from injuries inflicted by his biological brother, Sep Gomena and Somo.

The deceased that day armed himself with two bush knives and was acting violently. In the course of this, he was said to have cut the baby who was then sleeping in a bilum.

In retaliation, men from the community charged at the deceased, who dropped the bush knife and surrendered to them.

Facebook selfie showing murder weapon helps convict killer

Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 21, pleaded guilty on Monday to killing Brittney Gargol, 18, in Canada two years ago.

Ms Gargol was found strangled to death near a landfill in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with Antoine's belt near her body.

Antoine was sentenced to seven years for manslaughter.

She was identified as a suspect after she posted a selfie on Facebook of the two of them, showing her wearing the belt hours before Ms Gargol died.

Wanted criminal shot dead

The notorious criminal who was also wanted for a string of armed robberies was shot along the river bank after police were alerted through the toll free number, when a couple was attacked by the deceased and three other criminals.

The couple were the second pair to be attacked around 6pm yesterday; the man was stabbed three times, on his neck, stomach and thighs..   When police intervened, the deceased, armed with a knife and homemade gun opened fired; he was shot during the gun fight.

The victim accompanied by his wife were taken to the hospital where he now recovers. 

Rihanna and Kim Kardashian back jailed teen

Cyntoia Brown was sentenced to life in prison in 2004 for shooting dead Johnny Allen, a 43-year-old Nashville estate agent who picked her up for sex.

The teenager who went home with Mr Allen that night had been repeatedly raped and beaten. She was on the streets by order of her boyfriend, described as a violent, drug-addled pimp named "Kutthroat", who she said verbally abused her and made her strip at gunpoint. He had demanded that she make him some money.

Suspected suicide turns out to be murder

Police say that the autopsy report of the woman points to murder.

The young woman was found on Saturday 21st of October, hanging from a rope in her home at Lawes Road, however CID had established at that time that her death was suspicious.

Officer In charge of NCD CID Homicide, Ulagis Mantu, said investigators found no signs of strangulations, which is common on a person when hanged.

Mantu said at three suspects are now in police custody.

Jail term reduced for murderer

Robert Peter was sentenced by the Kokopo National Court on March 2 to 30 years in prison at the Kerevat Correctional Institution over the murder of Peter Pomat.

He filed an appeal against the jail term. This appeal was heard and allowed by a recent Supreme Court sitting in Kokopo, which substituted that 30 year jail term by half.

The Supreme Court found that the trial judge did not consider the emotional state of the 25-year-old man when deciding the jail term to impose as his punishment.