On Wednesday, we were at Omili Police station in Lae, for a job.
Police had raided several homes and businesses that morning where several cartons of illegally imported counterfeit cigarettes were held.
As we waited for police to get clearance to transport the items, a young constable who was seated across me under a small tree, arrested a man who had come to collect his personal items from him.
We didn’t know what was happening.
The man was taken and placed in the holding cell with the counterfeit cigarettes.
Later the station commander explained that the man had to be REARRESTED after he was set free at the Town police station. The reasons for his release were not clear. But he was due to appear in court when he was arrested the second time.
The station commander then pulled several printouts of graphic photographs showing a woman with severe bruises. The man, they just rearrested, had severely beat his wife with a power cord the week before.
The pictures showed bruises all over her body – from her head to her ankles.
The young constable – the arresting officer – had almost given up hope of finding the suspect again after he was let off. But when the suspect showed up to retrieve his work ID and other items, the constable went to work.
Within 20 minutes, the Lae Sexual Offences Squad (SOS) arrived. The SOS officers took the man into custody.
The severity of the attack is disturbing. No matter how many cases of abuse you see.
Earlier, this year, Robin Borezi, a man who abused his sister-in-law was arrested by the sexual offences squad. The bizarre case, that involved torture, shocked even the most seasoned officers where attended to it.
It’s a rather dark tale. But the heroes in this story are the constable who did his job to the letter.
Then, despite the frustrations he experienced, went ahead and arrested the suspect yet again and made sure, the appropriate officers took carriage of the case.
The professionalism of the brilliant women of the Lae Sexual Offences Squad (SOS) needs to be commended. They continue to show a steady record of arrests and convictions.