29 Apr 2013

Sorcery killings fuel PNG death penalty debate

2:21 pm on 29 April 2013

Papua New Guinea's government is considering backing the death penalty in a bid to deter crimes against women and sorcery-related killings.

The Attorney-General Kerenga Kua says public debate is now in favour of the death penalty after a series of killings.

In February, a 20-year-old mother of one Kepari Leniata was stripped naked, tortured and burned alive on the outskirts of Mt Hagen while a crowd watched.

Over the weekend, another 20-year mother was found killed with an arm severed and on Bougainville, a former teacher was beheaded.

PNG's Catholic Church has spoken out against the death penalty, saying it is not a deterrent to violent crime.