by Quinton Alomp – EM TV News, Port Moresby
A taxi driver in Port Moresby has slashed a pedestrian with a meter-long bush knife multiple times on his body.
The incident happened near Tete settlement in Gerehu last night.
The pedestrian in his mid-30s was identified as Peter Mark from Pangia in Southern Highlands.
He is employed by Keps Security Company based at Rainbow estate.
The incident occurred while he was returning from Tete settlement to his company’s base in Rainbow.
According to Mr Mark, the taxi driver thought he was a criminal, and slashed him with a bush knife.
The incident happened within a few minutes after the taxi driver was held up by criminals, who had an argument with him.
“I did not know the youths and the driver. I arrived at the scene few minutes after the driver and the youths had a fight. The driver thought I was one of the youths so he pulled out a bush knife and cut me on the head. I fainted,” he said.
The driver then cut off tendons from both his legs and stabbed him twice on the ribs.
He was later identified by relatives, who then brought him to Saint John’s hospital Gerehu for treatment.
However, the hospital was shut down for three days now due to disconnected water supply.
He waited for nearly an hour before a medical officer treated him.
The taxi driver escaped.