Girl facing murder charge


POLICE have charged a grade 11 school girl in connection with the murder of a 23-year-old economist in Port Moresby on Nov 22.
The 17-year-old student allegedly stabbed her boyfriend, Samuel Joseph Pumai, of five months during a quarrel in the latter’s rented house.
Samuel, of mixed Western Highlands-Chimbu parentage, was employed as an economist by the Department of Treasury about five months ago.
He was described by many as a young bright economics graduate with great potential for career success after graduating from University of Papua New Guinea in 2017.
The girlfriend, also of the same mixed parentage, allegedly stabbed him with a kitchen knife at 9pm during a quarrel.
She was arrested on Thursday and police have charged her with murder. She is now held in the Boroko police lock-up. Samuel’s father, Joseph Pumai, told The National he was pleased with the police for the quick action to arrest the murder suspect.
Samuel was recruited by the Treasury Department and worked for only five months before his death.