By REBECCA KUKU
A DOCTOR has described the injuries he saw on the body of a young woman allegedly caused by her partner as “an inhumane act” and the “work of the devil”.
Dr Sam Yockopua, the country’s chief of emergency, condemned the “inhumane act of violence” on young mother-of-two Jenelyn Kennedy whose lifeless body was brought to the Port Moresby General Hospital on Tuesday.
“She was already dead. It looked apparent that she had been through a living-hell – a slow, deliberate painful death,” he said.
“It was obvious that she had been tied forcefully, her hands and feet showed all features suggesting how strongly the ropes were tied.”
Port Moresby police are questioning a man at the Boroko police station over the alleged assault.
Yockopua said imprints left by the rope were visible, with parts of the skin peeled off.
“Whip marks, skin cuts, bruises, scratches – you name it,” he said.
“They were all there from head to toe.
“A huge bulging at the back of her head due to blood collection suggested the head beating she agonisingly sustained.
“She must have asked him to speed it up but he took his time.
“The black eyes on both sides and blood collection at the back of the ears suggested a basal skull fracture.”
Yockopua said the “act of a premeditated act of torture to cause slow, painful death showed that this was the work of devil in a man’s body”.
He said he had just returned to work yesterday after a two-month break as the chief medical officer for Covid-19.
A father to daughters as well, Yockopua usually did not discuss cases which came before him.
But he felt that the degree of torture Kennedy had been through needed to be brought to public attention.
“As a father of many beautiful daughters, just seeing her ruined, lifeless, disfigured body was heartbreaking. I just felt that her story needs to be told,” he said.
Yockopua questioned why some men would treat women in such a way without resolving rows in peaceful ways.
“The torturous death of this young mother-of-two at the hands of a violent man must end the violence that our women and girls have been going through for so long,” he said.
He called for laws to be strengthened to protect women.
“Her death must not be in vain. I hope this becomes a wake-up call for authorities to put in tougher measures to end all forms of violence,” he said.
By REBECCA KUKU