Police Commissioner calls for death penalty to be imposed on “cop killers”

Police Commissioner David Manning has condemned the latest killing of a policeman in the gold mining township of Porgera in Enga Province and has called for the death penalty to be imposed on “cop killers”.

“I have said it before and I will say it again, we cannot have policemen attacked and killed in such manner by criminal members of society. The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary is the embodiment of Government and State and an attack on police is an attack on these institutions.

“The death penalty must be imposed on anyone who kills a policeman. I am therefore calling upon our legislators to take this into consideration and amend or enact appropriate laws to serve as deterrent to such criminal behaviours,” Mr Manning said.

A massive combined Police and PNG Defence Force operation is currently underway in Porgera and neighbouring areas to flush out the criminals responsible for the shooting of the policeman.

“The suspect who killed the policeman is known. We know who he is and we know his associates. We will find them,” Mr Manning said.

“I also wish to send my sincerest condolences to the immediate family and colleagues of Constable Timot Kavanamur.

“It is unfortunate that the life of such a fine young man who had more to offer this country has now been cut short. May God comfort us all in this tragic hour,” Mr Manning said.

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