PNG Police Apprehend 3 Others Accused Of Raping Nurse

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Staff urge for increased hospital security, support resources

By Pisai Gumar

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Feb. 21, 2013) – Papua New Guinea police in Lae have apprehended all five suspects with collaboration of the East Taraka community, the suburb in which the alleged rape of a nurse from Angau Memorial Hospital in Lae, Morobe occurred.

Under the leadership of new metropolitan police commander Superintendent Iven Lakatani, police worked around the clock since Sunday to apprehend the remaining three suspects following the surrender of one suspect on Tuesday and capture of another yesterday.

The swift effort by police and the local community met one the key demands of a petition by hospital staff and management.

The suspects were detained and interrogated while Lakatani urged the public to additional information to police about the incident.

Lakatani and superintendent operations Insp. Fred Kaiwa accompanied provincial administrator Kemasang Tomala, provincial health advisor Micah Yawing, law and order chairman Peter Namus to the Angau Memorial Hospital yesterday to receive the petition.

The 10 demands stated in the petition are:

The petition was also addressed to Morobe Governor Kelly Naru, Morobe MPs, Health Minister Michael Malabag, Health Secretary Pascoe Kase, Lae Lord Mayor James Khay and Northern Divisional Commander Allan Kundi.

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