The National, Friday 10th May 2013
By PETER ESOP WARI
A 70-YEAR-old grandmother returning from morning prayers was raped by a teenager who lured her to a bush near the church, a relative said.
A police source at the Margarima police station in Hela confirmed the incident and said a 18-year-old youth had been arrested and locked in the station cell.
He said the youth was arrested the same day with the help of locals.
Angry community leader Jeff Mondoli condemned the incident saying the plan by the government to give life sentences without parole for rapists should be implemented.
He said the action of an animal had brought shame to the community and women were now living in fear and could not travel to the gardens and markets.
One of the woman’s son, a tribal chief, said she was on her way to Tengo from Pakale village to visit her grandchildren after her morning prayers at the Seventh Day Adventist church. He said the man from Hegeyano village told her he had just arrived from Mt Hagen and had brought peanuts and other fruits which were hidden in a bush a few metres from the church.
He said the grandmother thinking it was true followed him. The man grabbed her bag and checked for money or valuable items.
He said that his mother felt that something was wrong and wanted to scream but she was threatened and forced to the ground where she was raped.
“I cannot believe that a young boy can rape a very old woman whose sexual desires and organs have worn out. We have animals living among men nowadays,” he said.
He said a man from the same area who killed another last year, had never been arrested and roamed freely in the neighbourhood.
“I would like to thank other communities and the police who have helped to apprehend the suspect who deserved to be separated from humans,” he said.