Articles: Murder and Mayhem Shock Marshall Islands' Capital
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: Police are holding a 54-year-old Marshall Islands man without bail after he was charged with murder for stabbing his wife multiple times following a domestic altercation.Police said an off-duty police officer found Morton Makroro, 54, covered in blood inside his house Saturday a few feet from where his wife, Emson Makroro, lay dead from multiple stab wounds with a kitchen knife embedded in her chest. Her murder produced an outpouring of anger in MajuroEducator Dr. Hilda Heine said Marshall Islands President Jurelang Zedkaia should establish a high level violence against women task force to find solutions to spouse abuse. Although Majuro averaged under two murders annually over the past 12 years, a study issued two years ago by the national women’s group, Women United Together Marshall Islands, reported that more than half of the women surveyed said they experienced some form of physical or verbal violence from male members of their family. Islanders say the social environment of a small population prevents reporting and prosecution of violence against women. The country’s secretary of health Justina Langidrik said Friday that doctors tell her they have been warned against reporting incidents of violence by family members of women who are brought into the emergency room for treatment.“There is still no proper protocol for reporting violence against women complaints or suspected incidences at either the Ministry of Health or at the police department,” Heine said. “Responsible agencies must be brought to the table to address this issue and suggest comprehensive and systematic legal, political, educational and social/cultural strategies to deal with violence against women and to seek necessary resources to help us deal with suggested strategies.” Marshall Islands Council of Non-Government Organizations Director Bonny Taggart said Friday she is looking at options for establishing a safe house for battered women. “Women would benefit from time away from an abusive situation, with guards 24/7,” Taggart said. “I think it is time for a Women’s Crisis Center to be established to provide a safe place for women to discuss issues of violence and safety,” said Dr. Irene Taafaki, director of the University of the South Pacific campus in Majuro. “Nothing can bring Emson back, but we can arise to do something in her name to safeguard others at risk.”
MURDER: While a group of men played bingo outside a Rita house, inside Emson Makroro was brutally murdered Saturday night after an extended argument with her husband.Morton Makroro, 54, was charged with second-degree murder on Tuesday and at a hearing the same day High Court Judge James Plasman denied bail, ordering him held in jail pending the outcome of the criminal case. A police affidavit and hospital report described the atrocity in detail. Makroro’s wife, Emson, 50, was stabbed multiple times with a kitchen knife that was found embedded in her ribs by her heart. She was dead on arrival at the hospital. Police searched for Makroro, “who had left the scene,” and arrested him later Saturday night. Police detective Captain Vincent Tani reported the police received a call from off-duty police officer Steve Abwe at 8pm Saturday reporting a fight between Makroro and Emson. Four men — Abwe, Aine Aine, Chris Lakien and Wilson Milne — were sitting in the vicinity of the house and reported Makroro was drunk before the argument broke out. They reported hearing shouting and swear words coming from the house. At one point, Abwe told Tani, Emson opened the window and called out to the group, “you guys come and see this guy here, this woman basher.”
VICTIM: Police are holding a man without bail after he was charged with murder for allegedly stabbing his wife multiple times following a domestic argument last week.The victim, a teacher at the College of the Marshall Islands, had just received her master’s degree. Majuro averaged two murders annually over the past 12 years, but a study by the group, Women United Together Marshall Islands, reports more than fifty percent of women say they have been physically or verbally abused by male family members.
RIOT: Yokwe Online Forum post - We had prison riot last night at around 10 PM involving 30 inmates trying to escape from the jail. I heard many of them had been drinking vodka. Also this week someone threw a brick through our office window.