SHE was a middle aged woman of about 40, a foster mother of six children, and she was found dead and mutilated in her coffee garden in the remote Mordaula valley of the Simbu Province.
Regina Kina was married to a school teacher John Kombukon, and had been a faithful, fruitful and laborious wife for 16 years.
Although she could have no children of her own, Regina had been a dutiful and splendid foster mother after the children’s biological mother had died almost 20 years ago.
Regina had gone to her garden in the morning to pick coffee berries from her families’ coffee trees. She had not expected danger since no foe was not common in this locality.
It is believed that the attacker assaulted her from the back, succeeded in knocking her to the ground and stunning her with two large rocks that were nearby.
He stripped the woman, pulled her to a drain and raped her repeatedly.
The victim was discovered by a young mother who had gone to wash some clothes and fetch water. She looked in the direction of the garden and noticed that human feet were kicking about in agony.
Going closer, she noticed that Regina was lying in agony in the drain, seriously injured by the brutal attack. In fright, the woman ran to her village some five kilometres away. Villagers from Wlual and at Wringiai hurried to the spot but, alas, the woman had died from loss of blood and head injuries.
It was a tragic death and frightful death.
As the villagers headed to the garden to rescue Regina, two youths aged 17 to 18 were seen moving in the opposite direction. The men caught the two youths and started questioning them.
The youths were the only living souls present in the vicinity of the victim. They were notorious in the area for smoking marijuana, consuming home brewed alcohol and they had previously been reported to have raped grandmothers.
After questioning, one of the youths admitted to raping and killing mama Regina Kina.
The agitated villagers apprehended the accused, tied him like a wild pig and sent for the police from Kundiawa some 40 kilometres away.
The police congratulated the villagers for their effort and the attacker is in police custody awaiting court. The culprit received some wounds and broken bones from angry villagers and it is reported that medical attention is being denied to him.
“Let the culprit die and decay in the police cells behind bars,” the villagers said. “We do not want to see him alive back in the village”
Meanwhile, in the village of Mordaula, the father of the youth has pledged to take the life of people involved in the arrest of his son.
The bereaved villagers responded that they will apprehend the father too.
Not long after, there was a mass break-out of detainees from the Kundiawa police barracks detention block and it is reported that every detainee escaped. There had been a heavy downpour of rain that night and at the same time there was a power blackout. The police are still investigating.
And now it is reported that the youth suspected of killing mama Regina Kina is back in the Mordaula countryside. He and his father are armed and looking for people who had been involved in apprehending and handing the youth to the police.
The whole Mordaula community is meeting to hold talks on what to do while at the same time suffering from sleepless nights.