PNG: Expat businessman found dead in Lae

Published:  5 Jan at 9 AM
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An expatriate businessman in Papua New Guinea’s industrial city of Lae has been found dead in his home, and an investigation into a possible murder is underway.

The Singaporean man, who owned the Morobe Stationary Company and has been identified only as Tan, was discovered at his home in the suburb of Eriku on Saturday morning. He had been working in the northeastern province of Morobe for more than two decades.

Police announced that the deceased resided in a high security area on Hibiscus Avenue and had been at home alone when the suspected murder took place. They believe he was stabbed in the neck from behind and left to bleed to death.

Police were informed of suspicious activity by Tan’s driver, who found the fly-wire on his back door ripped off and a glass door open. At first, however, they had difficulty entering the residence and had to call a locksmith to open another security door.

Tan was due to fly to the capital Port Moresby on Sunday afternoon. His suspected killing is the third in Lae, Papua New Guinea’s second-largest city, since the turn of the year. The industrial city lies at the start of the Highlands Highway, the main land route from the Highlands region to the coast.
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