WNB police probe hanging

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The National – Tuesday, December 14, 2010

POLICE in West New Britain are investigating the death of a 28-year-old Pomio woman and her two children whose bodies were found hanging from a tree.
Provincial police commander Chief Insp Richard Mulou, in a media release, said the woman’s body and that of her two children –  one aged four and the other six – were found in a tree in the bush at Kapiura along the Kimbe-Bialla Highway last Thursday.
Mulou said the third child, a male toddler, escaped death when the bush vine from which he was hanging snapped and he fell to the ground He was unhurt and was rescued by passersby who heard him crying.
They alerted the police who went to the scene immediately with a medical team and transported the bodies to the Kimbe General Hospital.
According to the PPC, police have been treating the woman’s death as suspicious.
Mulou said the fact that their bodies had been found hanging on bush vines simultaneously from a tree gave the impression that the mother might have hung herself and the children.
He added that police had submitted a report to the coroner and were conducting further enquiries to establish the circumstances surrounding the deaths.
The woman was married to a man from East Sepik.