Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Duo charged with murder of expatriate man


Two people have been detained and charged by police with the murder of John Hulse, the expa­triate who was killed at NapaNapa in Port Moresby on July 23, The National reports.
Taita Sarah Prichard, 44, and James Paru, 50, both from Hisiu village, Bereina, Central, were charged with one count of murder each on Aug 27.
Hulse, 62, who held dual US and Australian passports, died after being shot with a shotgun while trying to retrieve his lost passport from unidentified callers. 
NCD metropolitan commander Supt Joseph Tondop alleged that Prichard, an Australian national and the estranged wife of the deceased was implicated as the prime suspect.
The police brief said Prichard went into Hulse's boat anchored at the yacht club and took his passport and that of his Cambodian girl friend before leaving.
"On Saturday, July 23, at about 10am the first accused and her co-accused rang the deceased to pick up the two passports at the gate of InterOil Napa­Napa refinery where he was shot dead and was half burnt by a bush fire," the police statement said.
Tondop said they had recovered the shotgun used in the killing at Paru's house in Sabama, NCD.
"The two accused are detained at the Boroko police cells and will appear in court this week," Tondop said.

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