By ELIZABETH VUVU
THE gang rape of a 14-year-old girl in West New Britain province was among crimes reported in the New Guinea Islands region during the Christmas period.
According to a brief provided by the acting NGI divisional commander, Supt Anthon Billie, the gang rape took place on Boxing Day at the Morokea settlement in Kimbe.
A total of seven suspects armed with firearms and ammunition entered a family home at the settlement, threatened the family members and dragged the victim to a secluded area where they repeatedly raped her till the early hours of the next morning before letting her go.
The suspects also made off with K1,000 worth of household properties and K500 cash from the girl’s family home.
The victim had to be hospitalised due to injuries sustained when she was raped.
Supt Billie said, however, with the help of the members of the public, two suspects were apprehended and charged by police while the other five were still at large.
In New Ireland, Kavieng town did not experience law and order problems which police attributed to Governor Sir Julius Chan’s decisions early last week not to impose a liquor ban but emphasise on zero tolerance for people who wished to make trouble during the festive period.
Police said the public in Kavieng were mindful of this and chose not to make trouble.
However, in the Namatanai district an elderly man was killed and another received serious knife wounds in the right arm after a fight broke out during a Christmas party at Fatmilak on the east coast.
Manus did not report any crimes during the weekend and ENB only reported a drug burst.