• Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has claimed the violence on Manus Island was triggered by concerns for a local boy. (AAP)
Peter Dutton's claims that concerns about the welfare of a local boy triggered the Good Friday shooting at Manus Island have been rejected by PNG police.
Source:
SBS News
21 Apr - 6:12 PM  UPDATED 21 Apr - 6:24 PM

A senior PNG police officer has disputed Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s claim that concerns about the welfare of a local boy led PNG soldiers to storm the Manus Island detention centre.

Mr Dutton \alleged the violent incident – which left one asylum seeker injured on Good Friday – began after three asylum seekers were spotted leading a five-year-old boy into the camp.

The immigration minister suggested Manus Island residents were worried that the boy had been sexually assaulted.

RELATED:
Reference to child rejected after Dutton weighs in on Manus Island shooting
Peter Dutton says a shooting at the Manus Island detention centre may have been caused by a small boy being led towards the facility by asylum seekers.

But local police commander Inspector David Yapu has rejected the claims, telling ABC News Mr Dutton was referring to an unrelated incident which involved no allegation of sexual assault.

"If there was a sexual assault, a formal complaint would be made by the parents for the police to pursue investigations," Mr Yapu told ABC News.

Mr Yapu clarified that a 10-year-old boy was brought into the centre to receive food in the days prior to the attack, but that there was no suggestion he was harmed.

"He was given some fruits by the residents in the centre and then he was taken out again," he said.

Related
Manus Island detainees in class action case
Witnesses to give evidence during a six-month class action trial by Manus Island detainees will include people still in detention centres in PNG and Australia.

"So there was nothing done to him and also there was no official complaint by the parents of that small boy."

Speaking to Sky News on Thursday, Mr Dutton said the incident may have been caused by a local boy being led to the camp.

“I think there was concern about why the boy was being led, or for what purpose he was being led, away back into the regional processing centre."

Watch: Dutton weighs in on Manus Island shooting

Mr Dutton's comments were immediately rejected by Manus island asylum seeker and journalist Behrouz Boochani.

RELATED:
Call to improve Nauru, Manus health care
A Senate inquiry has called for an urgent independent review of medical transfer procedures for asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru and Manus Island.
Refugee activists dispute official version of Easter violence on Manus
SBS World News Radio: Conflicting accounts have emerged about the Easter violence at the Manus Island detention centre.