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PNG Defence Force beating investigated

NBC News - Kelvin Kaspar

A senior Defence Force officer is being sent to Madang to investigate the beating of a prominent Madang resident, allegedly by members of the Defence Force Navy.

Former Commander retired Major General Jerry Singirok said he's reported the matter to the head of the PNGDF, Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo.

It’s been alleged Madang businessman Simon Merton was badly assaulted by drunk navy personnel when he was returning home on Saturday night.

He suffered a fractured eye socket and cheek bone and multiple bruises to his face.

Mr Singirok said Commander Toropo was particularly upset about the incident, and says there is no place for such behaviour in the PNG Defence Force.

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