Senior Officer Charged for Permitting Escape

By Theckla Gunga –  EMTV News, Port Moresby

Two police men in Port Moresby have been charged for Permitting escape, this week.

The officers both attached to the Gordons Police Station, were alleged to have aided the escape of two men involved in separate offences.

In the first case, the accused officer, Chief Senior Sargent, Michael Maiko, was alleged to have allowed a suspect charged for threatening and unlawful assault to escape from police custody.

The suspect, including four others, were transferred from Gordons to Boroko Police Station on November 7, last year.

The Waigani Committal Court heard on November 9, 2015, the complainant, Fred Garry, learnt that the suspect had escaped from police custody and enquired at the Boroko Station. He was told the suspect was never brought to the cells.

Sergeant Maiko appeared for mention on Thursday this week and was charged for one count of permitting escape under section 140 of the Criminal Code Act and is being detained at the Boroko holding cells.

In the second case, another officer, Senior Sergeant, John Max, was alleged to have aided the escape of a man apprehended in relation to the death of his wife on January 23, this year.

It was alleged Sergeant Max, took the suspect to Saint John Clinic, at Gordons, just next to the police station to receive medical treatment, however the suspect escaped from the clinic.

Max is now on a 21 day suspension with pay and was directed to locate and apprehend the suspect. 

The suspect in this case is a Simbu man and has a record of consuming marijuana and other drugs.

He was accused of pouring petrol on his Morobean wife, and burning her alive on January 16, 2016, at nine mile outside Port Moresby.

The wife was rushed to the Port Moresby General Hospital and later died on January 22.

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