The National, Tuesday, May 17, 2011
By JAMES APA GUMUNO
A NEWLY-married woman was strangled to death in the early hours of last Friday and her body thrown into a creek by her husband of a few hours.
The couple had celebrated their wedding at a local club in Wabag town the previous morning.
A police contingent led by provincial police commander Martin Lakari went to the husband’s village and arrested him yesterday morning.
Lakari said the newly married couple was returning home from a drinking spree at the local club at 3am when the husband killed his wife and threw her body into the Kop River, near Wabag police station at around 3am.
Lakari identified the deceased as Diana Philip, 25, from Keas village near Wabag.
She had just married to Wanipis Tomb, from Teremanda village, outside of the town.
Lakari said after killing his bride the man went into hiding and did not report the matter to police.
He said Philip’s body was found at 11am last Friday by police.
Lakari said the relatives of the deceased retaliated last Friday morning with the intention of attacking anyone from Teremanda village but instead they mistakenly chopped off the arm of a man from Maramui sub-district, in the Wabag district.
He said police had asked the husband to voluntarily surrender but he had failed to do so.
He said yesterday he led a team into Teremanda village and with the support from the ward councillor and president of Wabag local level government Roy Kipalan, the people handed the husband over.
Lakari said Tomb had been charged with wilful murder and would appear before the Wabag committal court this morning.
Lakari urged the Keas leaders to hand over to the police the suspect who had chopped off the Maramui man’s arm.
He warned them if they did not by 4.06pm yesterday, the police would arrest their leaders and lock them up.