Police: Woman knows identities of her attackers

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The National, Wednesday 4th January 2012

A 20-YEAR-old woman from Gunugau village in Rigo district, Central, was abducted and raped in Laloki outside Port Moresby on Dec 31.
Police reports said the woman had been travelling from Gordon to 14-Mile when two youths from Goilala threatened her with a kitchen knife and forced her to get off with them at Laloki High School.
Police said the two men were passengers in the PMV.
Provincial police commander John Maru said the two forced her out and took her to a secluded spot near Iobuna Primary School where one of them raped her while the other stood guard.
Maru said the distressed victim later reported the matter to police at 15-Mile who went to investigate.
He said the woman knew the men and it would be a matter of time before police arrested them.
In another case, a man from Papa village, Hiri West, was arrested and charged on Dec 30 for trying to rape a 16-year-old school girl.
The man has been charged with attempted rape.
“The victim was on her way to a village trade store when the suspect dragged her into the bush,” Maru said.
“The suspect was stripping the victim’s clothes when he was disturbed by villagers.”
Police have also caught five suspects wanted for the rape and torture of a secondary school student last week.
Maru said the men allegedly raped the girl on Christmas day before torturing her.
Maru said the victim was in a coma at the Port Moresby General Hospital.
Maru commended his men for apprehending the suspects but warned parents to be vigilant about their daughters given the rise in rape cases in the province.
He appealed to women and girls to take extra precautions when moving around.