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Date Posted: Thu, Aug 16 2007, 07:08:04am
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is a sad, sad day for Enga. 2007 was never meant to be ours, rugby-wise! I feel shame as we have even made the Simbu Warriors' seem like saints compared to our attitude on and off the field. The management needs to change and there needs to be a whole new lineup next year with stringent criterias including discipline and commitment, before selecting players for the team. Overall, I am very disappointed by the Enga Mioks' performance on and off the fields.
One shamed Engan
News, Thursday 16th August , 2007
4 Mioks players in lock-up
FOUR rugby league players have been remanded in custody at the Bomana prison outside Port Moresby over rape charges.
The four – members of the Mioks Rugby League club in the semi-professional SP Cup competition – appeared in court yesterday charged with rape.
They are Nathan Anjo, 25 from Aitai village Wabag, Roy Anthony, 25, from Wabag town, Jeffrey Mino, 20, from Mapisenda village, Wapenamanda and Moses Kunga, 20, from Teremanda village Wabag.
According to a police statement of facts, a woman, believed to be from the Southern Highlands, had alleged that on Monday at around 3am, she was at a nightclub with her younger sister and two male companions when they were offered a lift by the players to a city hotel in downtown Port Moresby.
On arriving at the hotel, she was asked by some members to go into the hotel with them but she refused.
She and her three companions decided to leave the hotel on foot. While walking away from the hotel along the Poreporena Highway, they were attacked by a group of men.
The woman claimed she was punched in the face and carried to a secluded area of the highway by one of the suspects while the others chased away her companions.
She was stripped naked and the four men each took turn in having sex with her, police allege.
She claimed she recognised the suspects because there was enough light provided by the street lights on the highway.
The matter was reported to police who took the woman to the hotel where she identified several men.
All four were charged with one count each of sexual penetration.
Four men appeared briefly at the Waigani Committal Court for mention and their case has been adjourned to August 27.
PNG Rugby Football League chief executive officer Jeff Wade said he would not comment at this stage because he had no accurate information about the allegations against the players.
“I have yet to receive more information on the allegation so I won’t comment on this one,” Mr Wade said. This is the second reported incident concerning the Mioks rugby league team.
Last month seven of their players were arrested and charged by police for disorderly behaviour at the Tokua airport in the East New Britain province.
The seven players have since been suspended by the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League.
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