4 Jul 2013

PNG female guards warned against sexual relationships with inmates

11:01 am on 4 July 2013

Papua New Guinea's correctional services commissioner has told women wardens they will lose their jobs and half their entitlements if they have sexual relationships with prisoners.

This follows allegations that the notorious William Kapris, who is on the run from Bomana jail, had had sex with a female guard last year.

Kapris, who broke of the jail nearly two months, had allegedly been aided by another female guard, who had supplied equipment including guns.

Both women have been suspended.

The commissioner, Martin Balthazar, told the staff, who had gathered to prepare for a Pacific women's conference next year, that the offending women had blackened the name of the corrections service.

Our correspondent Todagia Kelola says he did not mince his words.

"He told them that they should not open their legs to prisoners and that they should be committed to the oaths they had sworn when they became CIS officers. He also told them he will be very, very strict and any more people found to be friends with prisoners will automatically be terminated from their jobs."

Our correspondent PNG Todagia Kelola.