Family of Manus administrator attacked

National, Normal

The National, Wednesday 21st December 2011

Manus provincial administrator Kuluen Hamou and his family escaped unhurt after they were attacked in their home by six drunk youths last Saturday.
Provincial police commander Alex N’drasal said the youths aged between 17 and 23 threw rocks and other missiles at the family home, damaging the walls and windows.
N’drasal said Hamou official vehicle had its windscreen and lights smashed.
Police said the youths had stopped Hamou and asked for a lift to Tamat village in Ward Six of the Lorengau town urban level government. He had apparently refused and drove home.
Police said the youths followed him to his house and damaged his vehicle and family property.
“The suspects were later picked up by police with help from the local community and Ward Seven youths,” N’drasal said.
He said the cost of damage had not been established.
He said the youths had been charged with one count each of damage and one count each of using insulting words.
N’drasal said he had commissioned a 60-man special police team for the Christmas and New Year operations.
He said the operation would start today and end on Jan 4 to maintain peace during the Christmas and New Year period.
He said his men would conduct roadblocks, raids and surveillance.