Police

Saraga road cleared, leaders apprehended

This was the update received following this morning’s protest by residents of the Okapa block over the alleged beating and death of a teenager by members of the police attached to the Six-Mile command.

On the other hand, four community leaders of the Okapa Block at Saraga Settlement are currently in police custody at the Six-Mile police station holding cell, as a result.

Community protests death of teenager

Police pulled in on protesters along the Saraga road, stopping them from bringing the body of late Aina Jerry to the Six-Mile police station.

Before being met by police, Peter Gary, an anti-corruption activist, and relative of late Jerry said police must take responsibility for this death.

“Police how ol i laik hendolim na putim long wanem kain mog, lo tri mail o ol i laik putim go long funeral home, em responsibility blong state,” Gary stated.

Youths arrested for alleged rape of minor

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said on June 30th, the suspects from Ponam Island in PNKA, allegedly forced the 11-year-old victim to the beach and took turns to sexually penetrate her.

The incident was reported to police by the victim’s father, where a team of CID officers travelled to Ponam Island and arrested them.

They are in police custody pending further CID investigation.

In another incident, a man was arrested and charged for the persistent sexual abuse of his nephew.

Refugee out on bail, charged for disorderly conduct

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said Nabi Gulang, aged 30 from Madak in Afghanistan, was earlier charged by Police for dangerous driving causing death and sexual penetration of a minor.

For his recent charge, he appeared in the Lorengau District Court on Wednesday, July 8th, before Senior Provincial Magistrate, Billy Pidu.

He was found guilty and convicted to six months in hard labour (IHL). He was escorted to CS Lorengau the next day with other convicted prisoners.

14yo caught with drugs

The NCD-Central Divisional Command reported that the boy, of Jiwaka and Northern Province parentage, had the drugs on him whilst on board a PMV bus route number 19.

The Boroko Support Units call-sign S450 and S411 also captured a 43-year-old at Taurama Foodland. The man is from Goilala district in Central Province.

Both suspects have now been formally arrested and charged for being in possession of dangerous drug or marijuana and they are detained at the Boroko Police Station awaiting their respective court appearances.

Alcohol-related deaths reported in NCD

Those three include a killing at Gerehu stage three, another at Six-Mile and one at Badihagwa.

The incidents occurred on Saturday, June 20th, with the arrest of suspects in the Gerehu and Six-Mile incidents.

“Badihagwa suspects still outstanding,” reported police.

A man also passed away on Saturday from injuries sustained during a fight with students from the Port Moresby Technical College. He died at the Port Moresby General Hospital.

More escapees recaptured from Manus breakout

They have been charged with escape from lawful custody.

Twelve prisoners broke out from the overcrowded Lorengau police cells at around 4am.

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the prisoners broke the lock from the inner cells and cut the iron bars with a hacksaw blade.

Yapu said on the day of the escape, two suspects accused of murder and homebrew surrendered to their relatives and were brought back to the Station and locked up in cells.

This recent apprehension means that eight more suspects are yet to be recaptured.

Women vendors sexually harassed by police: Governor

Governor Robert Agarobe voiced his frustration in Parliament on Friday, June 5th, saying a Fox Unit physically and sexually harassed their women vendors during a raid at the Porebada junction on the 18th of April.

“It also went to the extreme where their private parts were searched for money,” said the Governor.

The Governor said this incident was included in a petition that was signed by about 200 of his people, and handed to the Police Commissioner.

Order finally brought to Lae bus stops

While Port Moresby, East New Britain and Eastern Highlands were following the state of emergency protocol, it was business as usual in PNG’s second largest city.

This newsroom received reports that buses were overloaded with passengers while social distancing was far from the agenda as people crowded the sidewalks or waited in line at the bank.

However, by 4pm this afternoon, some form of order was brought about when police officers made sure commuters adhered to social distancing while 25-seater buses were not permitted to carry more than 15 passengers.

Drugs stashed in kaukau bags: Police

Originating from Eastern Highlands and transported via Lae, police were made aware of its presence at Roku, outside Port Moresby, following a tip off from guards.

NCD Metropolitan Superintendent, Perou N’Dranou, told this newsroom that the shipment was busted by members of the National Drugs and Vice Squad on the evening of Friday, March 27th, after they received reports that young men were fighting over the cargoes at the AES wharf at Roku.