5 Oct 2011

Hunt intensified for fugitive PNG policeman

2:35 pm on 5 October 2011

Papua New Guinea police have issued a directive that a renegade former constable Simon Bernard be arrested on sight along with any officers helping him.

Mr Bernard is wanted for the alleged assault and torture of his wife, Joy Wartovo.

In July, he was dismissed from the constabulary after an internal inquiry into the allegations but he's still to face the courts.

The Port Moresby police commander, Superintendent Joseph Tondop, issued further instructions this week after learning that Mr Bernard had allegedly assaulted his wife again.

The Post Courier reports that Ms Wartovo is in hospital with knife wounds.

Mr Tondop says they have reports Mr Bernard may be being helped by other police.

He says he's sorry for what's happened to Ms Wartovo and describes the former policeman's actions as those of a sick and evil person who must be caught, tried and locked away.