By ZEDAIAH KANAU
A FEMALE constable appeared in the Boroko District Court charged with using insulting words and assault against another female officer over allegations of animal cruelty caused by the latter.
First Constable Lucy Bob, 32, of Yaibos village in Wapenamanda, Enga, was alleged to have sworn at and assaulted First Constable Angela Peken for allegedly turning in her dog to the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) for disposal under the pretence that the dog was a stray.
However, the charge of assault was struck out because the informant failed to sign on the police information.
It was alleged that on March 9, Bob went into her room at the policewomen’s single quarters at Gordon police barracks at about 9.45pm.
Peken was sitting outside the single quarters with other policewomen.
It was alleged that Bob walked back out to the living room of the single quarters and started swearing and using insulting words against Peken.
Peken allegedly told Bob that all the policewomen in the single quarters had agreed for her to sign the RSPCA surrender form for stray dogs in the barracks to be taken away for treatment or disposal.
Peken said Gordon police barracks standing orders prohibited police officers having pets in the barracks.
Bob then allegedly attacked Peken by punching her in the face, grabbing her by the hair and dragging her onto the road.
Peken freed herself and a fight broke out but was stopped by the other policewomen.
Bob walked back into her room yelling out more abusive language at Peken.
Bob told the court that she had been angered when she learned Peken signed the RSPCA surrender form without her consent to remove and dispose of her dog which she claimed had been her pet for eight years.
The case returns to court for plea on July 16 while Bob is out on K500 bail.
By ZEDAIAH KANAU