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MURDER SUSPECT SURRENDER TO POLICE IN MADANG

A suspect in the July 29 murder of a 40-year-old man from Yangoru in East Sepik in Dumbu village, Astrolobebay LLG in Rai Coast District of Madang province, has surrendered as a result of prompt police action in Madang.

On August 1, the suspect turned himself in to police at the Ileg Police Station, after which he was taken to Madang the next day.

The suspect is currently being held at the Jomba Police Station, where he will be charged for murder.

The deceased, identified as Camilius Aliwai, and the suspect got into a fight over a bush knife that belonged to the deceased, according to Madang provincial Police Commander Superintendent David Seine Jr.

According to PPC Seine, there were early complaints of the suspect threatening the victim before the crime took place.

He added that a few days later, the suspect who turned himself in to the police killed Aliwai by slashing his neck at about 9 o’clock in the evening.

He claimed that the man passed away at Kulubu hamlet in Madang’s Rai Coast district after losing blood. He was buried on July 30, the day after he passed away.

On August 1st, the incident was reported to the police, who sent a squad right away to the village to arrest the perpetrator. The identification and impending arrest of the additional suspects who were present with the principal suspect.

PPC Seine added, “I want to thank the police officers for their prompt response who visited the village and helped to defuse the tension between the deceased’s family and the murder suspect.” He added that Madang is known for pay back killings.

He further added that the suspect would face the appropriate charges for the crime committed to calm down the families.

“I wish to warn Aliwai family’s to cooperate with the police’s inquiry and not try to enforce their own laws to cause additional trouble. Police would make sure that individuals responsible for the murder are charged accordingly because incident is under police investigation,” he added.