12 Aug 2016

PNG police officer charged with supplying firearm to civilian

5:50 am on 12 August 2016

A senior Papua New Guinea police officer has been arrested and charged for supplying a police uniform, a firearm and ammunition to a civilian in Port Moresby.

Police say Senior Inspector Fred Bare was arrested and charged after the Boroko District Court imprisoned a man to three months with hard labour for impersonating a policeman.

The prisoner, who has been named as Scott Dylan from Bougainville, was dressed as a policeman and holding onto a police firearm and ammunition when he was arrested by detectives early this year.

The court sentenced Dylan after it was disclosed that he was not a police reservist.

The conviction then prompted detectives investigating the case to turn their attention on Senior Inspector Bare for his part in supplying the uniform, firearm and ammunition.