Thursday, January 8, 2009

"Sorceress" Burnt Alive

From the Sydney Morning Herald:
"Papua New Guinea police have branded as "barbaric" the murder of a young woman burnt alive after being blindfolded and gagged with her arms and legs lashed to a pole.

The body of the woman, believed aged between 16 and 20, was found on a rubbish tip at Mount Hagen in the notorious Highlands region yesterday. Both PNG's national daily newspapers reported the brutal killing, with witnesses telling each paper a truck with a number of men on board was seen dumping the naked body, pouring petrol on it and setting it alight."

From the Post Courier:
"The young woman, believed to be between 16 and 20 years of age, was burnt alive after being blind-folded, both her limbs and parts of the abdomen tied to a piece of log and her mouth strapped and gagged with rags.

According to eyewitnesses, a truck loaded with five used truck tyres and firewood drove into the dump site at around 2am yesterday.

Jessie James, 21, of Wabag who lives in the nearby settlement, said the suspects then lined up the tyres, poured petrol over them and the firewood with the woman lying over it and set her ablaze.

From the Nation:
"A young girl was burnt to death at Kirubuk waste dumpsite of Mt Hagen city during the early hours of yesterday morning.

It was claimed that the deceased had her legs and arms tied with ropes before the suspects put her into a bag, poured petrol and set it on fire. It was alleged that the deceased shouted for help but to no avail. There were not many people living near the dumpsite except for a few Engans living close by.

Provincial police commander Chief Supt Thomas Eluh yesterday said the police could hardly identify the deceased and took the body to the hospital. He said most of the body parts were completely burnt beyond recognition but by looking at the face, it was a girl.

Chief Supt Eluh said the motive of the killing was not known nor did they know where the deceased came from. He said police did not know the people involved but they were now working on some information they received.

Chief Supt Eluh said some people had seen a vehicle stopping at the site around 2am and police were currently working on that tip. He appealed to the people in the area to report to police if they had any information about the incident.

Chief Supt Eluh told people if one of their sisters or mothers were missing, then they should report to police as the body of the deceased was now at the morgue of the Mt Hagen hospital."

From the Times Online:
"The woman, believed to be aged between 16 and 20 years old, was stripped naked, gagged and tied to a truck loaded with firewood which was driven to a town dump and doused with petrol before being set alight, according to witnesses who saw the act near Mount Hagen in the Western Highlands.

"The girl was stripped naked and could not shout for assistance or resist as she was tightly strapped and her mouth gagged," Jessie James, who witnessed the girl's death told the local Post Courier Mail.

"I don't know the right words to describe it but it's barbaric. Can you find the best words to describe such acts that are rampant here?" said highlands police chief Simon Kauba."

From the Mail Online:
"A young woman was lashed naked to a pole and burnt to death in what authorities fear may be a sorcery killing in the jungle of Papua New Guinea. Black magic is still practised in the highlands of the country and women are often killed in such a way after being accused of witchcraft. Tribal women: Black magic is still practised and punished in the Papua New Guinea highlands Women are often killed for having extramarital affairs, accused of sorcery or blamed for spreading HIV/AIDS."

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