Man killed for allegedly practising sorcery causing death


A MAN was allegedly killed after being suspected of causing the death of another man through sorcery in Northern, police commander Supt Michael Welly says.
“Suspects allegedly shot the man at pointblank (range) at Kakareta village outside Popondetta town on Saturday after one of their relatives had died from a long illness,” he said.
“We are now investigating the incident.” Supt Welly said people should not be suspicious if someone died of illness.
“They must take that sick person to the hospital and get treatment,” he said.
“When you didn’t take that sick person to the hospital and he/she dies, then you blame sorcery, which is unacceptable in this modern society.”
Meanwhile, a man died after his wife stabbed him in the chest at Huvivi village on Saturday night.
“They had an argument and the wife stabbed him with a knife,” Supt Welly said.
“We have arrested the wife and charged her with murder.
“She is now in detention at the Popondetta police statio.”
He also said that detectives from Port Moresby were in the province to investigate the killing of a youth during a shootout between local police and a group of men.
These men included a police sergeant based in Bulolo, Morobe, a police constable based in Eastern Highlands, a PNG Correctional Service warder based in Buimo jail in Morobe and a PNG Defence Force soldier based at Taurama Barracks in Port Moresby.
The youth was believed to be with the four men when killed last Thursday at Karisou village in the Musa area in Ijivitari district.
The sergeant was also injured.
Local police attempted to arrest the sergeant and his group for destroying the Asian-run logging camp along the Foru River last Wednesday.
However, they protested, resulting in the shooting.
Supt Welly said a helicopter airlifted the sergeant to Lae and the deceased was taken on a dinghy to Tufi Station and airlifted in a private plane to Port Moresby General Hospital and placed in the morgue.