Lethal cocktail lands PNG chemistry teacher in trouble

1:27 pm on 22 April 2016

A chemistry teacher in Papua New Guinea has been suspended following the death over the weekend of one man and the hospitalisation of 16 others.

He has been accused of making illegal alcoholic drinks.

Deputy principal of Tambul Secondary School in PNG's Western Highlands told the Post Courier newspaper the teacher had been handed over to Mt Hagen police by angry locals.

The matter has been reported to the PNG Teachers Association and the chemistry teacher placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the police investigations.

Villagers claim most of the victims were students at the school but the administration has denied this.

Tribal leaders have reassured the school it will be safe for classes to resume next Tuesday for the start of the second semester.