A policeman in the National Capital District was arrested and charged on Wednesday, November 19, with four counts of being drunk in a public place, assault, resisting arrest and using abusive language.
Director of Crimes Chief Superintendent Peter Guinness said 24-year-old probationary constable Ludger Saingre and another policeman allegedly assaulted a young woman at the Gordon bus stop on November 7, resulting in her sustaining severe facial cuts and bruises.
Saingre was also charged for swearing at a senior policewoman after she attempted to rescue the helpless victim. The policewoman called for backup and the two abusive policemen were arrested by some detectives, but Saingre escaped at the police station and was rearrested on Tuesday, November 18, at the Gordon Police Station.
Charges are also being prepared for Saingre's accomplice who is also attached to the NCD Beat Unit based at the Boroko Police Station.
Guinness said that these were very serious disciplinary offences and as such recommendations would be made for the member's dismissal from the Constabulary.
Guinness said because of the constant reports of police brutality cases, instructions would be issued to all CID units to step up investigations into such allegations and ensure police personnel implicated in such crimes were prosecuted and terminated from the Constabulary.