By GYNNIE KERO
A WOMAN used the same knife that was used to kill her husband to allegedly murder a teenager who was trying to rape her in Madang on Saturday night, police say.
Madang police commander Supt Mazuc Rubiang said the incident occurred between 11pm and 11.50pm in the Sumgilbar LLG of Sumkar district.
Police identified the deceased as Nathaniel Paya, 34. He and his wife with their seven-month-old baby were camping out at their garden hut at the Basken/Karkum border (Sumgilbar LLG) after a day’s work in the garden.
According Supt Rubiang, the garden hut did not have a door and Paya was sleeping across the entrance and his wife and child at the far-end wall.
He said two people arrived at the hut, one took out a bush knife and allegedly stabbed the deceased through the heart before they escaped.
He said the wife woke up to her husband’s screams, grabbed the baby and a lantern and ran after the suspects in the hope of identifying them. Supt Rubiang said one of the suspects tried to rape her but she grabbed his knife and swung it at him, killing him almost instantly.
Supt Rubiang said the woman acted in self-defence.
He said she then escaped into the nearby bushes with her baby and made her way to Karkum – her husband’s village – at 2am on Sunday.
Supt Rubiang said locals arrived at the garden and found the bodies of Paya and the 15-year-old alleged rapist 200m away from the hut.
He said the other suspect was detained at the Jomba police station in Madang.
By GYNNIE KERO