Police

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On 16 July 2010, K42,800 was withdrawn from Hangu’s account to purchase a vehicle.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.

Officer charged for careless driving

The accident occurred along the Waigani Drive at around 4am on July 24th. The vehicle was recently donated by the Australian Federal Police to assist with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) duties.

“The suspect Constable Neil Vaimo attached to the Boroko Traffic Unit was laid administrative charges for negligent driving under Road Traffic Act (RTA),” officer in-charge of Boroko traffic office, Joseph Salle, said.

Policeman gets four years for official corruption

Probationary Constable Jonathan Kara, 27, of Kelua 2, Western Highlands Province, was sentenced on July 3 by Justice Nicholas Miviri at the Waigani National Court in Port Moresby.

Kara was found guilty under section 87 (1) and 138 (a) of the PNG Criminal Code respectively. In Feb 2017, Moses Andia, 30, of Tambul Western Highlands Province was arrested and detained at the Gordon police cells for insulting a person.

One dead in foiled robbery

Eastern Highlands Provincial Police Commander, Superintendent David Siene Jr, said the deceased was among three other male youths who recently attempted to rob an Asian shop in Goroka Town.

Their attempt was foiled by security guards who also alerted police.

PPC Siene said when police pursued the failed robbers, they were shot at.

Police shot back and killed one of them instantly while the others fled.

New police vehicles for electorate

The electorate received four brand new police vehicles from the APEC Secretariat.

Police personnel from the Badili, Town and Saraga stations were on parade to receive the four vehicles on Wednesday afternoon at Badili.

The vehicles were given by the secretariat, recognising the electorate as the main venue to cater for a majority of the events during the November leaders’ week.

Police need to grasp new traffic rules

NCD Metropolitan Commander, Perou N’Dranou, said at present he does not have a copy of the new road traffic laws.

N’Dranou said while the new Road Traffic Rules have come into effect on the 1st of June, police throughout NCD are still not familiar with it.

He understands police traffic officers are the only ones aware of the new laws.

N’Dranou said before police can enforce these laws, they must clearly understand it.