The National – Tuesday, February 15, 2011
By JUNIOR UKAHA
THE body of a young man, believed to be murdered during the heavy downpour on Saturday night in the nation’s capital, was found partly covered by debris and mud in a drain along Tarumana Avenue in Gerehu stage 5.
The badly-bruised body of the man, believed to be in his late 20s, was found on Sunday afternoon by residents after they were alerted by an old man who was clearing away rubbish and sediments in the drain and saw the legs of the victim sticking out of the mud.
Police operations boss in NCD Supt Jim Namora confirmed the discovery, saying police were treating the death as suspicious.
“The body has multiple wounds indicating that he might be involved in a hit-and-run accident or was attacked by a mob,” Namora said.
He said investigations into the death were underway.
Namora said the body was currently at the Port Moresby General Hospital morgue awaiting post-mortem and was yet to be identified.
“The relatives of the person must come forward and identify the body so that police investigations into the death can proceed smoothly,” Namora said.
Local resident at Tarumana Avenue, Jimmy William from Western Highlands, who was one of the first people to be at the scene, said the man might have been murdered as there was a big hole on his forehead with the skull cracked open.
Neighbours identified the victim as a resident of Gerehu stage 5 last block from Morobe and Goilala origin who worked with a local security firm in Port Moresby.