18 May 2009

PNG police detain four people believed to have killed and eaten a woman

7:08 pm on 18 May 2009

Police in Papua New Guinea's Gulf Province have detained four people alleged to have killed a woman and eaten parts of her body.

The Post Courier reports that police in Kerema believe the four people are among a group of six who took part in the cannibalism and belong to a cult movement.

Gulf provincial police commander Senior Inspector Reuben Giusu said that the suspects admitted they committed the crime, believed to have happened last month.

Senior Insp Giusu said relatives of the victim demanded that the suspects pay 4000 US dollars cash and two pigs as compensation but the suspects only gave 2500 US dollars along with the pigs.

Police are reportedly planning a major operation in the area to investigate similar cases.