Workers robbed, female staff raped during drop-off

National, Normal

The National, Thursday 10th November 2011

STAFF of a company were robbed and a female worker raped when they were attacked by thugs at two-mile in Port Moresby, police say.
The workers were attacked while on a drop-off run in a security vehicle after knocking off work.
Acting Deputy Police Commissioner and Chief of Operations Fred Yakasa has again reminded security escort companies to take extra precautions when travelling into settlements and crime-prone areas on staff drop-off runs.
The security bus was driving into a street at two-mile when it was held up by armed thugs who police believe came from the nearby Rabiagini settlement.
Yakasa said the thugs were moving around in large groups to commit crime and businesses and security companies should ensure that all precautionary measures were taken when travelling into unsafe areas to drop off workers.
In a separate sexual assault case, a minor was raped at the eight-mile settlement outside Port Moresby on October 18 after she was lured by a suspect who was known to the victim’s parents.
Yakasa has called on parents and guardians to look after the security and safety of their children.
Yakasa said most rapes on minors were committed by persons known to the parents, guardians and families of the victims.
He said these crimes usually occurred in the family homes and therefore parents and guardians of children should be wary and exercise caution.
In a separate incident police investigating the Jackson Airport shooting in February have arrested a man identified as a prime suspect in the case.
They were alleged to have shot and killed a gold buyer from Enga province inside the airport terminal on February 6.
The thugs then took a substantial amount of cash and gold from the victim valued at K747, 800 and fled in a waiting car.
The incident drew wide condemnation from the public after it was prominently reported in the media.