Lae Resident: Raun Wara Not Safe

Residents living next to a lake where a man’s body was found on Sunday have demanded the Lae City council install lights in the area and clear tall grass growing around the popular site next to the Lae Show Grounds.

It comes after the body of an unidentified man was found floating in Raun Wara. The area is known to be a hotspot for hold-up’s and robbery.


This is one of several deaths that have happened in Lae over the last 12 months. Residents living around the popular lake, next to the Lae show ground, want Lae City council and put up streetlights.


Churchgoers found the man’s body, believed to be in his twenties, in the lake on Sunday.


“The city council should cut the grass and put security lights in to make it safe for people to move around,” says Doreen Korau, her husband and family live next to Raun-Wara. On the weekend they saw this body pulled out of the water.


Korau and her family have witnessed the dangers while walking along the lake, several months ago.


She lives about fifty-meters from where police pulled out the body on Sunday.


Police are now looking for clues to make possible arrests. The victim’s body was badly bruised.


Several residents in the area say they have witnessed, in the past, many people being stabbed after they were held up and assaulted.

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