Manus guard’s death in­ves­ti­gated

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

PA­PUA New Guinean po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the al­leged mur­der of a se­cu­rity guard at the Manus Is­land de­ten­tion cen­tre.

The de­ceased man was beaten and drowned, and his body dis­cov­ered at about 11pm on Fri­day, Manus Is­land MP Ron Knight said. Manus Is­land pro­vin­cial po­lice com­man­der Alex N’Drasal said the vic­tim’s name was Roger Elvis and he was a Wil­son Se­cu­rity em­ployee, aged about 25.

The Immigration Depart­ment says it’s aware of the lo­cally- en­gaged sub­con­trac­tor’s death but says al­le­ga­tions of mur­der are a mat­ter for the PNG po­lice. The depart­ment un­der­stands po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Chief in­spec­tor N’Drasal said there were five sus­pects and po­lice had ap­pre­hended two of them.

Those in­volved were un­der the in­flu­ence of a lo­cal home brew drink of sim­i­lar strength to moon­shine, he said.

The in­spec­tor said at mid­night on Satur­day another de­ten­tion cen­tre worker had his hand cut off in a ma­chete at­tack.

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