The Boxing fraternity in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is at a loss at the murder of boxer, coach and former international representative, John “PC” Bolemak who was murdered last Friday at Kokopau market in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
David Lornie, a reporter based in Kokopau said Bolemak, 39 of Nihon in Manus and Buka perentage, was stabbed from behind with a WWII bayonet.
According to Lornie, Bolemak’s murderer, whose identity has been made known to the police, was beaten up by witnesses but managed to escape.
Bolemak was rushed to Buka hospital and stitched up. However, he later started bleeding and doctors operated. Despite their efforts and 12 bags of plasma, he succumbed to his injuries around 12: 39am on Saturday.
John Bolemak and his wife operated an agriculture store and was a popular sportsman in Buka. He also ran a small gym behind his house where he trained local youths.
Bolemark represented the country internationally at the 1992 Darwin Arafura Games and Oceanic Boxing level, winning a bronze medal. He is survived by his wife Barbra and 10 year old son Brendan.
PNG Warrior wishes to extend our heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences to the family. Our prayers are with you.
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