By JAYNE SAFIHAO
AN Australian youth ambassador on a surfing break in Madang was raped at the weekend, The National reports.
The victim was with three other Australians who had travelled to Madang’s
Police said the four were carjacked, robbed and then taken to a secluded spot where they were bound to trees and the female raped.
The criminals then used the victims’ car and stole two other cars.
Police said the incident took place near the Bunabun Health Centre at Ivoro village.
According to reports, the four Australians had stopped at Bunabun to drop off their surf boards when they were set upon by four men armed with two guns, a pistol and a dagger.
The four were forced into their vehicle and stripped of all valuables including mobile phones and driven to a secluded area where they tied the other three and took off with the female hostage.
The three, who were tied up, freed themselves and proceeded on foot to Midibar where they used a phone to alert police.
Condemning the attack, Australian High Commission official John Poultar said the youths were in the country under the youth ambassador programme and it was a sad experience when they were out to enjoy a weekend.
“It is about developing a relationship as volunteers in their host country under this AusAID programme,” he said.
In-country programme manageress Julie Bengi had voiced her concern, saying that the project was supporting organisations in a significant way and this incident had created a negative impact.
According to police, three suspects had been apprehended and were in police custody.
Police are looking for another suspect.
Provincial police commander Anthony Wagambie Jnr could not be reached for comments.