Mystery woman rape under probe

National, Normal


POLICE in the National Capital District are investigating the alleged rape of Helen Mark Kuipa, the mystery woman “lawyer” who was caught last Saturday evening.
National Capital District metropolitan commander Chief Supt Fred Yakasa confirmed yesterday that Helen had laid a complaint for rape, and this was being investigated.
The complaint was registered at the Boroko sexual offences unit.
Helen was allegedly raped while being held and questioned over her involvement in the Jan 12 breakout at the Bomana maximum security prison. She was allegedly raped by a policeman.
Helen, who had been on the run and hiding in the city since Jan 12, was caught last Saturday evening at the Talai settlement.
Police said her involvement in the escape of the 12 prisoners, including the notorious William Kapris, was central to its success.
She was described as a key player in the whole operation.
She was cooperating well with police interrogations, and Chief Supt Yakasa had described her testimony as fitting the pieces to a jigsaw puzzle.
But he was visibly angry when news emerged that the woman was raped by a policeman.
Chief Supt Yakasa said police investigations into the alleged rape had begun.
He said it was the work of one or two “rotten” officers that give a bad name to police and the force has no place for such officers.
“This cannot be tolerated. No prisoner or suspect should be attacked in this manner. This is the last thing you expect from a law enforcement officer.
“If the allegations are confirmed, the officer or officers will be hauled up to face the law,” Chief Supt Yakasa said.
Kuipa, 26, of Kupalis village in Wabag, Enga province, has been charged with one count of aiding the escape of a prisoner, breaching section 138(a) of the Criminal Code (chapter 262). She faces 14 other charges.
She is expected to appear in court today.
The police Major Organised Crime Investigating Team (MOCIT) is expected to continue their interrogation of Kuipa after that.