On April 16, Paynesville was engulfed in massive violence following the death of a motorcyclist Alfred Tarnue. His death prompted motorcyclists to go on the rampage, destroying several police stations and depots within the Paynesville vicinity and injuring police officers. The cyclists blamed the police for being responsible for the demise of their colleague.
In order to verify their claims the Ministry of Justice constituted an independent board of inquiry, which later found out that the deceased was indeed hit on the head by a police officer and three others following an autopsy report.
Last weekend, Police Inspector General Col. C. Clarence Massaquoi, at the head of a police delegation, paid a courtesy call on the family of the late Tarnue.
According to an LNP release, the Police Director extended his deepest condolences on behalf of the LNP and regretted the death of Tarnue. “I personally will do whatever is possible to assist the family in giving Mr. Tarnue a befitting home going,” the Police Chief said as he held the daughter of the late Tarnue on his lap.
Director Massaquoi assured the Tarnue family of a transparent investigation into the matter.
According to the release, the deceased’s father thanked the LNP for the visit. Mr. Tarnue Sr. said he was moved by the visit of the LNP Administration. “My family is deeply depressed by the death of our son and the manner in which he was killed. Alfred was peaceful and never (supported) any form of violence, so I was (shocked) to know that my son was killed on that fateful day.”