A resident at Kreer Heights in Wewak town has confirmed to the Namorong Report that Wewak District Police Station Commander, Charles Parinjo was murdered last night. The resident, Mr. Peter Mark informed the Namorong Report that Commander Parinjo was heading to his village along the West Coast of Dagua when he was murdered by criminals.
Mr. Mark said that the story in Wewak is that as Commander Parinjo was heading on the stretch of road near the junction between Kaindi Teacher’s College and the Dagua West Coast Road he came across a group of men drinking along the Road. It is believed Commander Parinjo intervened to break up the drinking when he was attacked by the drunken men.
Mr. Mark reported that one of the men living in the area recognized Mr. Parinjo and went to his house where he collected his gun and came back to shoot Mr. Parinjo. Mr. Parinjo was wounded by a gunshot and retreated to his vehicle. As he tried to drive back into Town his vehicle was hit by an oncoming PMV.
Following the death of Mr. Parinjo, all Police in Wewak mobilized and raided the houses in the vicinity of the crime scene. Mr. Mark, who travelled this morning to Wom Beach, drove past the carnage. Mr. Parinjo’s vehicle was all wrecked up and the homes between Kaindi Junction and the little creek with water lilies were destroyed. A nearby beer shop was also razed to the ground.
The Kerema compound opposite the crime scene was left untouched. Those affected were from various parts of East Sepik Province.
Mr. Mark said that suspects have been detained and that currently there are no indications that Parinjo’s death was politically motivated.