Man on murder charge back at Boroko cell

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The National, Thursday 5th January 2012

UPNG journalism student

THE chief suspect in a New Year’s Day murder at the Papindo shopping centre, in Boroko, Port Moresby, is back in custody after escaping from the Boroko police cell.
The suspect slipped away from police custody on New Year’s night after he was arrested earlier that day for his alleged involvement in an attempted robbery that resulted in the death of a security guard.
The guard was attacked by a bush-knife wielding group who chopped off his legs, slashed his hands and other parts of his body.
He foiled a robbery attempt as people cheered in the New Year.
NCD operations chief Andy Bawa said the suspect was brought in to the Boroko Police station on Tuesday afternoon by his relatives.
He said the suspect had been wanted for a previous murder case before the killing of Philip Kaekin, the guard, on New Year’s day.
Fellow tribesman and cousin of the deceased, Kaleman Indistange, who is a journalism lecturer at the University of Papua New Guinea, said relatives were working with police to make sure all the gang members involved in the killing were brought to justice. 
Indistange said the suspects were known criminals and Kaekin’s relatives would ensure all were taken into custody.