Police

Leaders commended for citizen’s arrest

PPC Manus Chief Inspector David Yapu said the 35-year-old, from Ndranou village, was arrested and charged for the murder of Peter Tawe.

Tawe was allegedly murdered on December 12, 2006, by Karua Pomeri and Western Province man, Benny Warangu.

Warangu was charged by police in 2016 and is currently serving 16 years in hard labour at CS Ningerum in Western Province.

Pomeri was also charged with break-and-enter and stealing at a trade store at Ndranou village on July 27, 2018.

Abusive cops arrested: Baki

Baki said the two policemen (named) attached to the Police Airborne Tactical Unit (ATU) were presented by their commanding officer to the Police Internal Affairs Directorate where they were charged with assault occasioning bodily harm under the Criminal Code Act.

“They were also charged administratively with four serious disciplinary charges under the Police Force Act and suspended from active duties,” Commissioner Baki said.

The video of the assault of the teenager had gone viral on social media, causing public uproar.

POM traffic police out in force

“The road checks have effectively started on Tuesday (August 14th) and will continue until the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ends with the Leaders’ Summit in November,” officer-in-charge of Boroko Traffic Police Senior Inspector Joseph Salle said.

He added that police traffic officers are checking vehicles for overloading, unlicensed and serious road safety issues which might trigger road accidents and loss of innocent lives.

Female driver arrested, charged

The accident took place opposite the Sir Manasupe Haus at around 4am, resulting in the deaths of three people with five receiving multiple injuries.

“The driver lost control of the vehicle allegedly whilst under the influence of alcohol. The vehicle reportedly overturned three times and claimed the lives of three people,” officer-in-charge of Boroko Traffic Unit, Senior Inspector Joseph Salle, said.

Gr 12 student arrested over classroom burning

Kilakila secondary has a population of over 1,000 students.

It is one of the oldest schools in the city which saw some classrooms rehabilitated in the past two years at a cost of K1 million, by the office of the Moresby South MP and NCD Governor.

One of those classrooms, a double-storey building, was razed last Friday afternoon, allegedly by a student who was not happy about being disciplined.

Badili Police Station Commander, Bill Werake, said the student (name withheld) was picked up on Tuesday afternoon while he was in class.

No courthouse, Mendi police in a bind

Resources and logistical support to move detainees and remandees to the nearest courthouse in Ialibu, Nipa or Mt Hagen, is proving to be an administrative and logistical quandary. The only Provincial Correctional Institution has also been closed to accommodate new intakes.

 Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Crimes, Hodges Ette, said it is a daily challenge and continuously exerting serious strain on their meager resources and logistics.

Father picked up over daughter’s sexual abuse claim

PPC Manus, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said a 16-year-old Grade 7 student who was allegedly abused between 2017 and 2018 revealed the incident to her teachers and village court officials who referred the matter to police for investigation.

The victim had been interviewed by police and was referred for medical examination.

The father is yet to be arrested but PPC Yapu said reported sexual offences in Manus Province have increased and it is through police awareness that cases are being reported.

Weeklong POM clash halted

The clash resulted in two deaths, seven critical injuries, six houses burnt down and other properties damaged.

Two vehicles, trade stores including six houses were burnt down in the process after failed mediation.

Police intervened early yesterday morning, rounding up to 100 men who were brought to the Gerehu Police Station. 

NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Perou N’Dranou and his men met with both sides, where a compromise was reached between community leaders.

Duo entangled in alleged fruit-picking scam

Norbeth Petol and Darusila Henry arrived in Port Moresby on Tuesday and told their story.

A story of big dreams that got shattered by empty promises from an alleged scam.

Even more worrying is that, both aren’t the only ones scammed, three others have come forward, confirming the story and how all of them have spent hundreds of kina with hopes of earning more money from fruit picking in Australia.

Policeman convicted for misappropriation

The Community Correction Based office has been asked to do two reports that will assist the court decide its sentence against Andrew Mulungu.

He remains on bail and will return to court in September.

Justice Danajo Koeget convicted Mulungu yesterday to three counts of misappropriation.

The traffic officer on three occasions misappropriated monies belonging to Stanley Tigi Hangu.

On 16 July 2010, K42,800 was withdrawn from Hangu’s account to purchase a vehicle. The vehicle was registered by Mulungu under his name without the knowledge and authority of Haunu.