The National, Tuesday, May 10, 2011
LIFE is slowly returning to normal for mothers and girls in the Rabaul area in East New Britain following the deaths of two notorious criminals.
The woman can now safely return to visiting their gardens and coconut blocks at the foot of ridges behind Rabaul town and Malaguna villages.
Police reported that wanted criminals Anton Marko and Fidelis Waite had both been shot dead by police in the past two weeks.
Waite was shot and killed in Namatanai early last week, while Marko was buried last Friday at his Malaguna No. 2 village.
The men, who were from the Malaguna area, were believed to have been terrorising villagers in their homes while on the run from the Kerevat jail.
They escaped from Kerevat jail last July.
East New Britain provincial administrator Akuila Tubal has praised police in the province for their efforts in successfully dealing with the dangerous men.
He said people in the area had abandoned their gardens and coconut blocks out of fear of being harassed by the escapees who had reportedly harmed some villagers while hiding from police.
Tubal appealed to other escapees who were still on the run to surrender to police.
He said the escapees had families and relatives who should make every effort to cooperate with police to bring in all escapees so they completed their terms in jail.