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Triple Murder Ruins Festive Celebrations In Madang

Three deaths were reported on the eve of the New Year in the Madang province .

According to Acting Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Senior Inspector Rubiang Mazuc, the deaths were reported along the North Coast Road of which two were double murders while one was alcohol related.

Madang Police , EMTV Photo 

Acting PPC Mazuc says the double murders were reported in the Sumgilbar Local Level Government in the Sumkar district, while the third murder was reported in the Mambuan area of Bogia district.

“The double killings occurred at Biranis village in the Mugiar area of Sumgilbar Local Level Government where an elderly man of 70 years was murdered. The deceased was returning to his house after visiting his daughter when he was killed.

“Four suspects from the same village attacked him with a machete. The villagers were alerted and rushed him to the nearby Mugiar Health Centre however the victim died most presumable from loss of blood,” he said.

The Commander says they have yet to establish the reason for the killing of the old man. He said the same suspects then allegedly murdered a man from Bogia, employed by a foreign store at Kubugam.

The deceased may have witnessed the killing of the old man and was allegedly stabbed to death whilst returning after having a shower.

“Three of those suspects were arrested on the eve of the New Year by the villagers whilst the prime suspect escaped towards Karkar Island,” Mr Mazuc said.

The acting PPC says police are now looking for the prime suspect of the double murder. He said once located he will be arrested and charged.

The PPC says the murder at Bogia occurred on the eve of the New Year at Ambu village in the Yawar Local Level Government.

This occurred after the deceased went out of his premises to stop youths who were under the influence of alcohol and disturbing the community.

“In the process one of the drunkards stabbed him and he died instantly most probably from loss of blood. The suspect is known and comes from the same area as the deceased,” he said.

“Those were the only reported serious cases reported just on the eve of 2020. Otherwise, it was a generally peaceful celebrations for the people of Madang,” the acting PPC said.

He also commended police personnel for their efforts during the festive season.

“I would like to extend my word of appreciation to my policemen and policewomen who worked tirelessly to ensure the province was quiet. There were some major crimes committed but those were isolated incidences and we were able to attend to those cases and contain them. They truly stood out during the festive period and I commend each and every one of them for their outstanding performances,” he said.

Officers from the office of the Divisional Commander for Northern were also on hand to observe the festive period operations conducted by Madang police.

FM 100 / PNG Today

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