19 Dec 2013

PNG police investigators hope to talk to alleged Wewak rape victim

3:21 pm on 19 December 2013

The head of a team investigating the alleged rape of an 18-year-old girl by a group of police officers in the East Sepik region of Papua New Guinea, says they are on their way to the village now to interview witnesses.

It's alleged that officers from the Wewak police station raped the girl during a raid on the village to apprehend her father, an escaped prisoner.

The team headed by acting assistant police commissioner Donald Yamasombi will also look into the alleged beating of the president of a women's group who went to lay an official complaint on behalf of the girl more than a week ago.

Chief Superintendent Yamasombi says they are heading to the village now.

"We're trying to have access to those people here, we would like to talk to the girl and if possible have access to the crime scene, from here probably talk to the doctor and obtain his statements and the evidence if he has got any."

Donald Yamasombi says his recommendation would be to stand down any police officers who are identified as being involved in the rape complaint.