THE rogue cop who was suspended and later terminated in July by the police force for violently abusing his wife has struck again.
The victim, Joy Guere Wartovo, feels helpless because it appears that the law cannot stop the thug, ex-cop Simon Bernard who is moving around freely in a police barracks.
Bernard kidnapped Joy last Tuesday around midday at knife-point as she was on a shopping errand with a co-worker and took her to the MacGregor police barracks outside Port Moresby where he subjected her to brutal invasion of privacy, abused her verbally and physically, and threatened to kill her.
A shaken Guere said yesterday she cannot understand why Bernard is still a free man despite her complaints to police, subsequent investigation and termination from the force. She questioned why he is still being allowed to reside in MacGregor Barracks. When kidnapped at Boroko, she was in the company of the male worker which provoked Bernard to accuse both of having an extra marital affair.
He forced her to a PMV bus and took her to his room at McGregor and abused her overnight. During that time, he accused her of being involved in the production of pornography and that certain police officers had obtained copies. She was again brutally beaten with a fan belt.
While held captive, she recalled a police officer (named) called Bernard by phone and told him to release her but he replied saying she had volunteered went with Bernard to discuss welfare issues relating to their two children. She pleaded with him to let her go but he insisted that if she left she would be raped and killed by officers drinking nearby.
Next day she was released and called her parents to rescue her.
She also angrily questioned the police hierarchy why she is on the run like a convict when she is a victim. She said her case was a well known one and yet it is very hard for police to find Bernard, arrest and charge him criminally. Meanwhile, Assistant Commissioner in charge of human resources, Francis Tokura said the two reports on wife bashing by police officers reported in this paper on August 19 and 23 will be investigated thoroughly and actions will be taken. More on Women Today.