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Papua New Guinea

Suspicious death in Alotau still under investigation

A SUSPICIOUS death outside Alotau last month has led police to believe that it may be related to the lucrative beche-de-mer (sea cucumber) business.

Alotau police are investigating the body of a man that was chopped to death, neatly wrapped up and placed along the beach at Nigila village.

Police at this stage believe the death is related to sea cucumber harvesters or fishermen in the province.

They believed that the victim and other thieves planned to steal high valued sea cucumbers from local fishermen when one of the thieves was attacked and chopped with a knife presumably by the owner of the sea cucumbers.

“The body was then presumably transported to Alotau and dumped at Nigila,” police say.

The victim was a former resident of Wiole settlement in Alotau.

Provincial police commander George Bayagau said the incident is suspicious and further believe it could be linked to a recent attack on one of the islands in the Samarai-Murua district.

Mr Bayagau has called on the public with information to assist the investigation.

He says sketchy reports of hold-ups and piracy in relation to beche de mer in parts of the province are on the rise, but police at this stage have not been able to confirm those reports.

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