Provincial police commander Chief Inspector David Yapu said a 26-year-old dragged the woman into a bush and sexually penetrated her. He is charged with sexual penetration while the other suspect, a 17-year-old, has been charged with sexual assault.
Both suspects will appear before the Lorengau Higher Regional Court today (September 6th).
PPC Yapu said in a similar case a suspect evicted a 14-year-old girl from her parents’ home at Tamat 4 ward, Lorengau city, and repeatedly sexually penetrated her.
The matter was reported to the police and the victim was taken to hospital for a medical examination.
The suspect is known, but he’s on the run.
“The police will arrest him soon,” assured the PPC.
With the increase in cases of sexual offenses, Yapu is calling on parents, councilors, and community leaders to report such cases so that the law can deal with the perpetrators.
He pointed out that some cases are settled through compensation, which sets bad precedent.
“Sexual crimes are serious criminal cases and can only be dealt with by the police and not by village courts, where compensation is awarded to the victims.
“I appeal to the provincial village courts to cooperate with the police and address such problems; Refer the victims to the police. “