Kimbe shooting victim dies

National, Normal

The National, Monday 3rd June 2013


A MAN who was accidently shot during a confrontation between police and prison officers in Kimbe two weeks ago has died at the Port Moresby General Hospital.

Junior Lilibur was allegedly hit by a stray bullet during an incident between police and Correctional Service officers two weeks ago. 

He was flown to Port Moresby by West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel and had been fighting for his life for the past two weeks in the Port Moresby hospital. He died on Friday morning.

Muthuvel said he has visited Lilibur on Thursday.

“I had paid him a visit last Thursday night and arranged for a dialysis scanning at the PIH on Friday but unfortunately God decided to take him back,” he said.

In a message to Lilibur’s relatives at Gigo Settlement in Kimbe, Muthuvel said the WNB government had done its best to save him. 

Meanwhile, acting provincial administrator Steven Raphael visited the Gigo Settlement in Kimbe to calm the tense situation after youths burnt tires on the roadside and planned to block the highway. 

Raphael urged the Gigo youths to avoid creating further violence as Lilibur would not have wanted violence following his death. 

He appealed to the community to respect Lilibur and allow justice  to take its course.

He said the provincial administration would meet all funeral costs and assured the Gigo community that their concerns would be heard after the burial.