BY BENNY GETENG
Lae city has been hit by another shocking arrest of a man alleged to have killed his wife to hide his crime of raping his step-daughter.
Police said the man raped his step-daughter, 14, on two occasions last month and had tried to prevent his wife from knowing by trying to kill her with poison several times.
THE suspect was arrested and charged last week with two counts of persistent sexual abuse, abuse of trust and authority and dependency and willful murder.
Lae metropolitan commander Chief Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr said yesterday that community leaders of 4-Mile Kandis market reported a missing person on Friday, March 15, through the police hotline number.
Chief Supt Wagambie said 3-Mile police attended to the report and found that the suspect and his wife had gone to their garden the previous day about 5.30am but only the husband returned about 10am and reported that his wife was missing.
“A search was conducted by the community but there was no trace of her.”
Mr Wagambie said police then gave the community until the next day to continue searching and to see if the woman had returned home. He said the next day, Saturday, March 16, the community called police again to inform that the woman had not been found.
“They were all brought to 3-Mile police station when relatives and the community told police they suspected that the husband had killed his wife,” he said.
“CID police then detained the husband at the Lae Central police station cells to conduct further investigations and for his own safety. Then on Sunday, March 17, about 9am a body was seen floating down Markham River.”
Mr Wagambie said the body had washed out to sea where it was retrieved and taken to Aigris market and the police called.
“It was then the body was identified of a woman and had been decomposed and looked as if it had been in the water for several days,” he said.
He said the daughter identified the body to be that of her mother.
She told police investigators that her step-father had raped her twice this year but she was too scared to tell her mother.
“She told police that the step-father had told her he would get rid of the mother and marry her instead,” Mr Wagambie said.
Mr Wagambie said the daughter also revealed that on four occasions the step-father had tried to poison her mother by putting poison in her food but her mother had sensed something was wrong and had thrown the food away.
“The deceased has a four-year-old daughter as well from the step-father,” he said.
Mr Wagambie said there had been a lot of sexual offences in Lae recently.
“This is quite concerning, and I am appealing to parents to be mindful of their children or attend to them if they notice something is not right,” he said.
He has appealed for witnesses to come forward to assist police in their investigations.