West Taraka

Man killed during marriage dispute

Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr said the incident occurred on Saturday night at West Taraka.

“There was a domestic dispute between a husband and wife. The husband badly assaulted the wife, resulting in the family members of the wife stepping in and attacking the husband, who is now the subject of murder,” Wagambie Jr said.

Wagambie Jr said the man, who was stabbed in the fight, was pronounced dead at the Angau Hospital.   

“The suspect is a prison escapee,” said Lae’s police boss.

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He made the comments after his command intercepted and recovered four boxes, containing four dynamite sticks last Saturday at West Taraka.   

The Lae Metropolitan Superintendent said the five suspects upon seeing policemen pursing them escaped and dropped the four boxes, containing 100 dynamite sticks.   

“Bomb experts from PNGDF were called in and inspected and confirmed that this is very dangerous product sitting in public. The bomb can be ignited and set off anytime, as all fittings were packed into the boxes,” Wagambie Jnr said.

Criminal shot dead, others wounded by Police

The exchange resulted in a criminal shot dead and several others wounded with many more believed to be wounded and on the run after rolling off the mountain tops of West Taraka where they had been camping.

Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr confirmed the shoot-out adding that police has acted on intelligence that the gang linked to the Lae International Hotel, Pelgens Supermarket and several major robberies had been camping there.

Wagambie said the syndicate had received a big blow after police busted their hideout with casualties as a result.