16 Feb 2009

Port Moresby child shoots mother with policeman father's gun

4:36 pm on 16 February 2009

A six-year-old boy has accidentally shot his mother dead with his father's gun at their home in Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby.

The Post Courier newspaper says the unnamed mother "from a prominent Port Moresby family" died on the way to hospital on Sunday afternoon.

The boy and his young brother were playing in the living room with their father's loaded gun when it went off and shot their mother in the chest.

The paper says the father is a policeman working as a government minister's bodyguard.

The Port Moresby police chief, Superintendent Fred Yakasa says there would be a full investigation.