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Justice must be served on domestic violence, says PNG PM Marape
11:21 pm GMT+12, 25/06/2020, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape has called for effective prosecution for the murder of an innocent beautiful girl.
“Penalty provisions for domestic violence or any crime for that matter is in our laws, all we need is effective prosecution that should start by reporting a crime, standing as witnesses to assist prosecute a criminal act (including domestic violence), and police to do prosecution accurately without failing prosecution,” Marape told the Post-Courier from Lae.
“Only when these fundamental steps of justice are collected, compiled and presented, will judges execute fair justice,” he said.
“So I call for all witnesses of crime, including domestic violence, don’t hide behind culture, compensation and tribal embrace, let us all assist prosecuting lawlessness and violence.”
Marape said no amount of compensation would cover for death but justice must be served.
“For this girl murdered, I offer my sympathies to the family of the innocent beautiful child, and I call for prosecution of this murder,” he said. “It is heard that the father of a young man possibly involved assisted bringing his son to police for prosecution that is commendable as no amount of compensation can cover for death but justice served on the law breaker, hence it is commendable for the father to bring his son to police.
“All relatives of law-breakers must do likewise into the future, because this can appease the present situation and set good practice and community precedent into the future,” said PM Marape.
Meanwhile, there needs to be strengthening of laws for victims of all forms of violence, says Dr Sam Yockopua.
Dr Yockopua made this call following the recent death of a young woman named Jennelyn Kennedy who is believed to be from a mixed parentage of Gulf Province and Australia.
According to Dr Yockopua, Wednesday morning was his first ward rounds having returned from over two months of exhaustive Covid-19 work as the Chief Medical Officer (CMO). “The morning round was disturbed by a report from the night shift team of a loss, a death of a young woman at the hands of a violent man.
“Her lifeless body was rushed in, fully established death.
“It looked apparent that she had been through hell, a slow, deliberate painful death,” he said.
“When will violent deaths of our women and girls from abusive jealous men stop? I had put up a notice last night that my ward rounds will commence at 8.05am sharp, and so the morning began.
“But we began unusually with a minute of silence to pay respect.
“It was obvious that she had been tied forcefully; her hands and feet showed all features suggesting how strongly the ropes were tied to the back,” he said.
According to Dr Yockopua when referring to the medical report, rope imprints were visible; skin peeled off and cut inwards. Whip marks, skin cuts, bruises, scratches, fractures, you name it, yes they were all there from head to toe.
“Her huge bulge at the back of her head due to blood collection suggested the head beating she agonisingly sustained.
“She must have asked him to speed it up but he took his time.
“The black eyes on both sides (racoons’ eyes) and blood collection at the back of the ears (battle’s sign) suggesting basal skull fracture,” he said. He said this evil act must have infuriated the person to go that far, and there has got to be one near-certain agenda: a jealous husband or boyfriend who had to retaliate in an animalistic reaction.
“Why do men go about treating women like that, is there any other ways of resolving matters?
“The torturous death of this mixed Australian-Gulf woman at the hands of a violent PNG man must end the violence that our women and girls have been going through.
“Laws must be strengthened to protect them, identify these reckless violent men, and lock them up before they go on their rampage.
“Her loss of life must end other violence related deaths in this manner.
“I hope he will get arrested and charged with full maximum penalties applied, even the death sentence,” he said. He is urging people to learn from this death and prevent other deaths.



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