Lecturer claims police attacked him

National, Normal

The Nationa, Monday July 16th, 2012

A SENIOR lecturer at the University of Papua New Guinea and a student were allegedly attacked by police last Sunday.
John Kaupa from Muina village, Sinasina, Chimbu, a social works lecturer at the university, and Paul Bomal, a student living with him, were allegedly assaulted by eight armed policemen.
They suffered cuts on their heads and bruises to their faces as a result of being beaten with gun-butts and boots.
The attack happened between 10pm and 10.30pm in their home on Warbler Street, North Waigani, Port Moresby.
Kaupa alleged that the policemen from Waigani police station broke down his gate and door and assaulted him and his younger brother.
He said the officers were acting on a complaint from his estranged wife whom he had an argument with earlier that day.
“I have no problem with police doing their job but the way they have approached me is totally criminal,” he said.
“They have treated me as if I am William Kapris.”
National Capital District metropolitan commander Supt Peter Guinness said he had not heard of the incident.
“This is very serious and I will investigate,” he said.
He said Waigani police station commander Insp Tony Kavan would have to explain the attack on the lecturer and student.