The National, Wednesday 19th September 2012
POLICE in East New Britain police will monitor independence celebrations during the long weekend, Snr Insp David Yapu said yesterday.
Yapu, staff officer to the provincial police commander, said operations start today and end on Monday and would cover Kokopo, Rabaul and Gazelle.
He said police would be out to monitor commemorations and related activities throughout the long weekend to ensure citizens celebrated in a meaningful and peaceful manner.
The police traffic unit will be setting up roadblocks to check vehicles on the road throughout the operation.
In other police reports, an escapee from the Kavieng Correctional Services facility was apprehended by police in Kokopo twice this month.
Lapan Sande was serving a three-year hard labour sentence for drugs and perjury when he escaped in June from Kavieng Jail and fled to Kokopo.
Responding to a tip-off, police recaptured Sande early this month and locked him up at the Kerevat police station.
He escaped from there with another escapee a few days later and went into hiding in Ramalmal village.
The local community appealed to him to surrender and he was arrested by police this week.
Yapu said Sande was charged with escaping from police custody and was to appear in the district court yesterday.
He will be escorted to Kavieng after his court appearance this week.
Meanwhile a man from Vunalaiting village in the Reimber Livuan local level government area of Gazelle was murdered after being suspected of practising sorcery.
William Warwakai from Vunatap village was bashed to death by four suspects – Abraham Tata, Bosco Tata, Gabriel Martin and Leonard Malana from Vunalaiting.
The suspects have been charged with murder.
The four are in police custody at the Kerevat police station.