Abau’s rural lock-up to open


THE Moreguina rural lock-up in Abau district, Central will cater for local offenders, Correctional Services Commissioner Michael Waipo (pictured) says.
A group of 20 inmates from Bomana prison went to Moreguina to clean up the new facility.
“The Abau District Development Authority has come good with funding support to some areas that needed tidying up at the lock-up,” he said.
It will be opened at the end of the month.
Waipo said the opening of the lock-up would complete the law and justice component consisting of the police, the court and the Correctional Services.
The other lock-ups are at Gumine in Chimbu and Misima in Milne Bay.
Waipo said since regular court circuits were held at Moreguina, it was appropriate that the district had its own jail.
“Suspects who are convicted would be jailed at Moreguina instead of Bomana prison, which is sometimes costly in terms of transportation and other related factors,” he said.
“Many of the offences committed in the district are less serious by mainly first time offenders.
“It would be detrimental to their future if they were placed with serious offenders at Bomana because eventually they would become graduate criminals.”
Waipo said they planned to make Moreguina the provincial prison for Central.
Meanwhile, Abau MP Sir Puka Temu said the lock-up would complement law and order efforts in the district.

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