Father of Murdered Woman: No Compensation, Let him face Justice

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The father of Grace Gavera, the 26-year-old woman who was killed by her boyfriend at the weekend says he will not be accepting compensation nor will he be calling for the death penalty.

Bau Sabadi said he just wants the murderer of his daughter to be arrested, charged and sent to prison for his crime.

Mr. Sabadi, who spent the early part of Saturday night at her daughter’s residence in Port Moresby was shocked when he was told the next day that his daughter was dead.

“I was with her on Saturday. We chatted for a while and then I left,” Sabadi said. “Next day I got calls saying ‘you come to the office because your daughter is dead.’”

Grace Gavera had just joined the Education Department as an administration clerk. Relatives said she had suffered ongoing abuse at the hands of her boyfriend, Andy Baro, for at least two years.

On Saturday night, family members say she was slashed on her head and body by Baro. When she was taken to hospital she had already lost a lot of blood. But her ordeal didn’t stop there. Andy Baro, followed her to the hospital and took her from the hospital bed, then forced her into a cab.

Relatives couldn’t not say exactly what happened then.

“When I went to see her, she was in the layout at the hospital. I saw where her body had been cut,” Mr. Sabadi said. “They told me he put a pipe in her private parts.”

Last night, police arrested Andy Baro several hours after killing Grace Gavera.

“I want justice. I cannot call for the death penalty. That is revenge. I cannot be held accountable for his death. But he must face the full force of the law.”

Scott Waide

is the Lae Bureau Chief and began his career with EMTV in 1997 as a News and Sports Reporter and Anchor and has been a media professional for over 19 years. Having previously worked as a Producer and Researcher for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Port Moresby Bureau, he is a recipient of multiple awards including the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union Prize in 2005 in Iran for best news feature, the Pacific Island News Association Award and the Divine Word University Media Freedom Award.

Scott Waide