By Vasinatta Yama, EMTV News– Mt Hagen
A man in his mid-30s has been arrested by Mt. Hagen police for killing his wife, two step daughters and their baby sitter.
The motive behind the murder is still unknown as police begin their investigations. The incident happened on Monday afternoon, between 2pm and 6pm. Police say initial indications are that Christopher Kamo Johnson planned the murders beforehand. Police say, Kamo strangled his six and eight-year-old step-daughters and stabbed them before they could scream for help.
He then locked the door, and stabbed the baby sitter in the throat.
The family’s landlord said he was in his house when the incident happened. It was done quietly and Kamo did not create any suspicion. Police said after killing the baby sitter and the girls, he took his one year old biological daughter to his friend’s house and told them to keep his child. He told them that he had urgent work to do and that he had no baby sitter to look after his daughter that evening.
Kamo, then returned home and waited for his wife, Silingo Lamu, to finish work. Investigators said as soon as Lamu went inside the house, the suspect locked the door, and hit his wife’s head with a stone. It was then that Paul Kupp, the landlord heard Lamu yell out and fall heavily on the floor.
“I heard her fall to the cement floor. There was a big noise. I heard her groan heavily. I knew something was seriously wrong.”
Kupp said Kamo closed the windows and shut the curtains making it difficult to see what was going on. When Kupp knocked on the windows. Kamo told him, it was a family disagreement and things were alright.
“I heard her breathing and I knew things were not right.”
Before the Paul Kupp could help, Kamo had stabbed his wife multiple times and then escaped.
Bodies of the two girls, their baby sitter and their mother are now at the Mt. Hagen morgue and will be transported to their home Province in Morobe tomorrow. The suspect is currently in police custody and is yet to be charged.