The National, Tuesday July 30th, 2013
TWO policemen have been arrested and charged with one count each of sexual penetration of a female detainee in their custody at the Jomba Police Station, in Madang.
The two officers went missing while the victim had been appearing in the National Court over her initial charge of false pretence and misappropriation.
She can now breathe a sigh of relief. Ruth Tore, who described her ordeal as embarrassing, shocking and a disgrace to the few good men in the force, said she had waited for investigations to proceed even after reporting it to the previous provincial police commander, Anthony Wagambie Junior.
She said nothing had been done since and she was relieved that finally arrests had been made.
In November last year Tore was questioned and detained at the Jomba station.
She said she did not stay in the holding cell but was instead held in an office, where she was allegedly raped by the two men at separate times. She said they were intoxicated at that time.
Provincial police commander, Sylvester Kalaut said yesterday this was part of a clean-up and other heads would be rolling soon.
The two accused are First Constable, Andrew Levo, 28, from Lesea village, Gulf, who has been on the force for 24 years, and Probationary Constable Walter Sirau, 26, from Bulu village, Manus.
Bail has been set at K1,000 each, with their first court appearance scheduled for tomorrow.