RESIDENTS in the township of Tabubil, Western
Province, are cowering in “horror and fear” after a
week-old baby was eaten alive in front of a shell-
shocked crowd, allegedly by the father.
And the shocking act allegedly continued minutes
later at Tabubil police station last Thursday in front
of curious onlookers, including policemen and the
town’s senior district court magistrate, Patrick
An eyewitness who is employed by Ok Tedi Mining
Limited told the Post-Courier that the town is on
“red alert”, with residents taking precautionary
measures. He claimed parents were restricting
their children from going outdoors because of fears
that they could also be targets.
“This is the talk of the day on the streets here. All
parent are fearing for the safety of their children
because cannibals are on the loose here,” the
source, who sought anonymity because of his
employer’s media restrictions, claimed.
“Believe it or not I saw him eating the baby by
piercing its body with his teeth while blood spilled
from his mouth. Everybody watched him with
Acting Western provincial police commander Peter
Philip confirmed the horrific act. He said the man
entered his home at Wanbin settlement at around
10pm and started an argument with his wife who
was nursing the baby.
Chief Insp Philip said after strangling the wife, he
grabbed the child and started bitting its head, neck
“The child was crying in severe pain. The wife
alerted neighbours who attempted unsuccessfully
to take the baby from him because he was
allegedly possessed by evil forces. He’d displayed
unusual strength,” Chief Insp Philip said.
He was finally overpowered by task force police
who led him to the police station. He said the man
allegedly told magistrate Patrick Monouluk: “I
won’t give you the baby because God tells me to
eat the baby. It’s a threat to me,” when he asked
for the baby to be handed over to him.
The “cannibal” is from the Highlands region and
married to a woman from the West Sepik Province.
Chief Insp Philip said the baby was again eaten in
front of Mr Monouluk and the pursuing crowd.
PPC Philip said the couple adopted the baby girl
from the wife’s niece, a single mother, on January
The man is in police custody while preparations are
underway to have him medically examined before
proper charges are laid.
“It’s a terrible thing for a human being to eat
another human flesh in public view. It is the first
ever cannibalism case of this kind in PNG,” the 32-
year career officer said.
He said he has received a lot of calls from overseas
media curious to know about the incident.
Mr Philip is appealing to young mothers not to give
away their babies for adoption as they could be
mistreated or face similar fate.