Aro (murderer)

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Aro (known only by that name) was the last person executed in Papua New Guinea.[1]

In 1957, while Papua New Guinea was an Australian territory, Aro, then a young man, walked into a hospital "carrying a baby and a blood-stained axe" and stated that he had killed his two wives.[1]

He was convicted of willful murder, sentenced to death, and executed by hanging in November 1957.[1]

There were no further executions. The death penalty was abolished in 1970, five years before Papua New Guinea's independence from Australia. It was reintroduced in 1991, but never applied.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d "PNG urged to abandon death penalty", Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 12 November 2007