Concern over police presence in public areas

All vendors are also being removed from public places, such as in front of shopping centres and bus stops. 

However, some residents deemed this exercise unusual.

Many have expressed concern that the intimidating police presence and the removal of vendors may increase petty crimes in non-guarded areas. 

But the metropolitan superintendent, Perou N’Dranou, has given the assurance that this is nothing new.

He said there are laws in place for vending in public places and what his team is doing is in line with this.

Woman with disability raped, killed: Police

The lifeless and battered body of the woman was found at her family residence at East Boroko, Port Moresby.

The NCD metropolitan superintendent, Commander Perou N’Dranou, said according to reports received from Homicide, the body of the woman, from Central Province, was found under the house.

He said following observations from the homicide unit on ground at that time, the woman could have been beaten and raped in the early hours of the morning – between 2 and 3am.

However, it is still unclear on whether it was a gang rape or not. 

Murder cases concerning: Police

PPC Gesa told this newsroom recently that about 3 to 4 killings on average are reported per month throughout the province.

He said since taking up post as the new PPC for the province, there is great concern over the number of murder cases that arise from petty arguments.

The PPC noted that most of these killings are somewhat considered a norm and occur following the consumption of alcohol or more specifically, homebrew.

Gordon’s barracks demolition halted

NCD metropolitan superintendent, Perou N’Dranou, confirmed that this has come about following a court order issued by the district court last week.

The order restrains the police hierarchy from removing tenants and occupants from the three single quarters of the single barracks.

Meanwhile, the families and tenants remain housed at the barracks until the courts arrive at a decision.

The next court hearing is set for this Wednesday (Feb 28).

Police property damaged in quake: Officer

Police Officer Joseph Kumin, who is on ground in Moro, Southern Highlands Province, told this newsroom that the earthquake hit at around 3:30am today.

Officer Kumin confirmed the 2 strongest tremors lasted up to about 2 minutes, while short tremors are still being felt.

Officer Kumin was not able to confirm the total damages in Moro, but said police officers found their desktop computers and printers on the floor of their office, damaged.

Family identifies Kinakon body

Last seen on Friday, her body was discovered around midday today (Feb 25) near a drain at Kinakon, outside Port Moresby. 

Her emotional sister, Gloria Touai, said she could not believe that this was her sister lying there.

She said she last spoke with her sister on Friday, when the victim told her she would be visiting her older child.

The late Barbara and her friends had then gone to an outdoor club called the White House, which is located in the same area. 

Woman’s body discovered near drain

The mother-of-two, from Goilala, has been identified by her relatives.

According to the grieving relatives, the deceased, who lived at 14-Mile, had been missing since Friday.

Meantime, the Central provincial police commander, Laimo Asi, confirmed the discovery of the body, adding that they believe she was murdered, as her face has been disfigured.

“Details into her death will have to be established through the investigation process,” stated the PPC.

The deceased’s relatives are currently on site, collecting money to bring the body down to the hospital.

Intense driving week for women officers

The 12 underwent two weeks of tactical and defensive driving exercise in preparation for the first Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 1) set to take place this weekend.

This is the first female only operational close protection driving program that the RPNGC is running in conjunction with the Australian Federal Police through the PNG-APP/ RPNGC partnership program.

Police Constable Rauma Lo’o said the program means a great deal, especially for women in this line and field of duty, apart from the previous courses and training they had already undertaken in preparation for APEC.

Mobile squad units secure barracks

Commander of NCD Barracks, John Daviaga, told Loop PNG that tenants have been intimidating the workmen, hence the security measure.

“After this, we’ll have the water and power disconnected,” Daviaga said.

“Everyone should vacate this place by this afternoon.

“Whoever defies the Police Commissioner’s directive will be dealt with severely.”

Investigators will speak with Foodworld: Police

NCD metropolitan superintendent, Perou N’Dranou said as much as they are trying to build and compile information and evidence that can be used in court, leaking important evidence like that is uncalled for.

N’Dranou said he has the original footage but did not have any knowledge of the leaked footage until this morning.

“It is unethical and it is against the law for me to use the same. And that is where it will disrupt the investigations,” stated N’Dranou.