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Former cop charged with attempted murder of wife

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Oct. 5, 2011) – The National Capital District (NCD) Metropolitan Police Commander, Superintendent Joseph Tondop, last night ordered all NCD policemen to arrest on sight former policeman Simon Bernard for the alleged assault of Joy Wartovo.

Tondop issued these instructions upon learning that Bernard is alleged to have assaulted his ex-wife a third time after being on the run from police.

"Bernard is on the run and has been evading police after allegedly assaulting and torturing Wartovo. We have not given up on the case and have been looking for him. "We have since learnt that he may have been helped by other policemen. I have now issued orders for the arrest of any policemen found aiding and abetting or harboring Simon Bernard.

"They will be immediately dismissed from the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) and face pending whatever criminal charges we will lay as well," Tondop said.

"Enough is enough. We cannot go out and police the community when we cannot deal with situations within the Constabulary. I am truly sorry for Wartoto and condemn what has taken place since. These are the actions of a sick and evil person and he must be caught, tried and locked away."

Wartovo is recovering at the Port Moresby General Hospital from knife wounds inflicted by Simon last Friday.

Attorney General and the Justice Minister Dr. Allan Marat called on the new Police Commissioner Tom Kulunga to show his stand on violence and cruelty by policemen towards their wives by arresting Bernard.

A furious Dr. Marat told a local radio station that the rogue ex-cop should be arrested and charged with attempted murder, put behind bars and should not be granted bail at all.

Responding to our story on the attack on Joy, various callers rallied in support of the victim.

Despite being terminated from the force, Bernard has been holed up in the MacGregor Barracks outside Port Moresby, where he is protected by fellow mobile squad members.

Some families living in the barracks, angered by Bernard living among them yesterday urged the Commissioner to send in his men to arrest them.

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