Murder suspects surrender to police

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FOUR murder suspects in Madang surrendered to police last weekend – after demanding that the provincial police commander himself should come and take them to the police station.
Madang acting police commander Supt Mazu Rubiang told The National that the suspects did not want any other police officer to go and bring them. The alleged murder took place on Long Island in Madang on Sept 16.
“According to the report we got from the island, the deceased Hondas Samkoi was drunk on that day when he went to attend the Independence celebration at Bokama Primary School. While at the celebration, he assaulted a lady. The lady was not happy so she went and reported it to her relatives who went and attacked him.”
Rubian said one of them allegedly used a knife to cut his throat. The man died on the spot. The four fled to their village on the island. Police could not go there immediately because there was no fuel.
Rubiang said the Raicoast District Development Authority and a logging company operating in Raicoast provided fuel and a boat to police.
The four have been charged with murder and will appear in court soon.
Rubiang said the arrival of police on the island was welcomed by the people who rarely saw officers there.
Long Island is located at the border of Madang, West New Britain and Morobe.

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