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September 27, 2020
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West Taraka Street fight sees home of prime suspect set ablaze

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Image: A resident’s house reduced to ashes in the fight

The toll of burnt houses at Lae’s West Taraka has risen to three.

This is connected to the brawl on Saturday night which had claimed one life and two other hospitalised for knife wound injuries.

Late yesterday afternoon, the family home and property belonging to the man implicated in causing the brawl, was burnt down.

Police say the arson incident was committed by the relatives of a slain St. Frances Vocational School student, as payback, connected to the incident.

The situation is still tense in the suburb. Residents are fearing for their lives as the situation heightens.

The brawl ensued when the prime suspect had gone over to his inlaw’s residence to visit his infant daughter.

Reportedly, upon rejection from the relatives and estranged wife, the man then hit the wife and was later given chase by the relatives.

The prime suspect then regrouped relatives and friends to fight back when the violence erupted at the street known as Back 14 section, where the prime suspect is residing.

The fight started around 9pm on Saturday evening.

Lae Police have caught three more accomplices of the prime instigator earlier this morning.

West Tarak Police Station Commander, Sergeant Jack Sikaili, this afternoon said charges will be laid by tomorrow morning when all parties present their statements.

 

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