Slight increase in vehicle thefts: NCD police

The long Easter weekend saw only four major incidents taking place around the city.

This includes a case of wilful murder at Gordon, a murder case at Talai settlement, another case of break-and-enter and wilful murder at Gerehu and a shooting at the motel.

The cases are currently being investigated.

NCD metropolitan superintendent, Perou N’Dranou, said as per the reports, suspects of the cases have been picked up and apprehended.

Hiritano PMV operators question police

Operators from the route 400 and 600 gathered at the main bus stop at Waigani to speak to media after continuous harassment by police personnel in unmarked vehicles along their routes.

Josephine Salmang, an operator from route 400 which runs from Kairuku to Port Moresby, spoke about how difficult it is to make ends meet each time police hold up her drivers and demand road fines from as much as K100 to K300. There are no receipts issued with the cops standing at odd locations during odd hours along the highway.

Female police officer brutally assaulted

29-year-old Josie Kikoli, who is attached with the downtown Port Moresby Family Sexual Violence Unit, was at the Morata police barracks after a night out with friends when her ex-partner and father of her 18-month-old daughter beat her up until she lost consciousness.

“I have always encouraged women who go through different kinds of violence to report these matters and I have worked on these cases so many times, but when it happened to me, I was lost,” Kikoli revealed.

“It was like a slap in the face.”

Baimuru man missing since last week

The man, identified as Michael James, was working as a deck hand on a Taiwanese fishing boat when he went missing.

He was last seen by a member of the crew on Thursday evening on the deck of the Diamon 2 however, they never realised he was missing until later on in the evening.

Family members of the Gulf man were at the downtown Port Moresby police station yesterday.

An emotional big brother, Aaron James, said they had reported Michael missing on Saturday however, nothing much could be done.

Suspects arrested for unlicensed pistol

They  were  caught  by MS  11  from  Wabag at around  4.00pm along the Nanonda  Highway.

The MS 11 had been task to conduct police  road blocks  along the highway when they incepted the two suspects.

Assistant Commissioner for Police- Western Command, Martin Lakari said the  suspects  were apprehended have  all  been  detained  at Tari  police  cell  and  refused  bail.

They were formally charged on Wednesday for the alleged offence.

The unlicensed pistol is a Magnum, with Serial number: 1911A2 and is believed to be a US Army issued.

Lack of RPNGC overview structure: Kalaut

Assistant Commissioner for Police-Human Resource, Sylvester Kalaut, highlighted this during the launch of the constabulary’s reviewed structure to the Department of Personnel Management. 

ACP Kalaut said considering the demands of policing, the size of the force has increased and the structure has remained the same. However, some police stations have not been covered in the structure.

 “With the demand, the size of the constabulary has to expand.”

Infamous ‘white house’ raided

Led by the NCD Superintendent Operations, Commander Michael Tilae, more than 50 cartons of assorted alcohol were confiscated.

Tilae told this newsroom that the raid was conducted in accordance with the breach of liquor sales regulations and also the Easter period liquor ban.

The ‘white house’ is a popular hangout for alcohol consumers and/or an afterparty spot for party goers in Port Moresby.

“There were people still in the premises when my team conducted the raid this morning at 7am,” Tilae said.

Investigation into former Lands officer’s killing underway

Police say the man, who was identified as one Daniel Katakumb from East Sepik Province, was shot by criminals during a carjacking outside the family residence at Henao Drive.

In a grey Mark-2, the criminals followed the man and his family, who were traveling home in a double cab vehicle.

They then ambushed the family, where three shots were fired.

According to police, the deceased had one visible bullet wound just below his waist.

An investigation has already started while leads are yet to be established.

Police show support during Walk

Loop PNG observed the men and women in blue holding off traffic and providing escort to the front and the rear of the procession.

The Superintendent of operations, Michael Tilae, says this is part of the normal police operations for the city during the Easter season.

The police were out since 3am along the Cross route and helping to hold off traffic as well.

K97, 000 for permanent eye injury

The National Court today ordered the state to pay K97, 272 to Eastern Highlands man Wallan Awaparu after he was injured four years ago at 2 mile hill.

The resident of 2 mile hill settlement suffered permanent loss of vision to his left eye, after he was shot on the morning of 15 March 2014.

He woke up that day to an ethnic clash between Engans and Goilala people and went to investigate the commotion outside his house.

Police arrived in vehicles and fired shots at bystanders. He was shot in the commotion and taken to the Port Moresby General hospital.