Kato Ottio

Villagers accuse man of Ottio’s death

NCD metropolitan superintendent, Perou N’Dranou, said it was quite difficult for police to intervene during the rescue operation, as the villagers had armed themselves and were determined to torture the victim to find out how the star rugby player had died.

“During the process, 4 policemen were injured and vehicles damaged due to stone throwing,” said N’Dranou.

The police boss is urging the Tatana villagers to refrain from taking the law into their own hands.

“Let police investigate the case,” stated N’Dranou.

Vikings to wear tribute throughout campaign

The Club was approached by senior team members who wanted to show respect for their fallen teammate.

In response, a special ‘Kato 18’ shirt transfer has been created, which will be worn near the heart of the players’ shirts.

With a distinctive yellow and red design, in honour of the traditional colour of the Kumuls playing strip, the transfer is a fitting tribute to the late PNG international.

MKRL thanks late Ottio

Chairman of the MKRL, Dae Boe, said this during his tribute at the funeral service this week at Tatana.

“The MKRL owes it to Kato’s advice. He always told me to never give up and keep pushing this concept on to keep developing.

“We took his advice and successfully completed a full season just last year.”

Boe said Ottio will never be forgotten and is a role model for all Motu Koitabuans.

“To all Motu Koitabuans, Kato Ottio left behind a legacy of humbleness and respect and to always strive to do your best.

“Let us follow this.” 

Vikings' DVD features Ottio tribute

All funds from sales of this video will support the fundraiser to assist the late Ottio’s family.

English rugby league club, Widnes Vikings, have really gone beyond the gesture of kindness, showing their deep affection for the rising Kumul player’s death.

Ottio was signed up by the English super league club following his superb performance at the Rugby League World Cup 2017 on home soil. Sadly, he passed away.

Ottio family thanks PNG

Speaking on behalf of the family yesterday afternoon, a relative from Kato’s mother’s side, Opao Udia, said Kato’s family will forever be thankful.

“I’d like to take this time to say thank you.

“Particularly to the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, who was the first to send his condolences, the PNG Rugby Football League, the PNG Kumuls coach, Michael Marum, the Hunters and Kumuls players plus the Widnes Vikings and Canberra Raiders.

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Funeral procession for Ottio deferred

In statement released this afternoon, the PNGRFL said: “Late Kato Ottio's final journey to Tatana did not proceed this afternoon as planned following some disgruntled relatives disputing his final resting place, among other things, at the gates of the funeral home.

“Kato's eldest brother, Henry Ottio, who flew in from America yesterday, spoke to the disgruntled persons but they stood firm and threatened to close the gate until their demands were properly addressed.

Family dispute, Ottio’s body remains at funeral home

Tempers flared this afternoon, forcing funeral home securities to lock the gates, thwarting today's program to take Ottio's body back home to Tatana under police escort.

Crowds have gathered outside the funeral home with police on standby to maintain order.

Families from the Koiari and Tatana side are meeting now to reach an amicable solution.

The PNG Rugby Football League will be releasing a statement shortly.

(A crowd gathering outside the funeral home)

Ottio to be taken home today

Ottio’s brother, Ahulo, said the body with a convoy of vehicles will pass through Hanuabada and Baruni village before heading home to Tatana, where he will spend his last night.

Ottio will be laid to rest tomorrow at the Tatana cemetery.

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Vikings raise over K36,000 for Ottio

From their official Facebook page, the club posted: “Wow – the crowdfunder to help support Kato’s loved ones has now passed the £10,000 mark. Your kindness is incredible. Let’s keep on spreading the word.”

But that was not all the Widnes Vikings have done.

The club that Ottio signed with last year had his name printed on their all jerseys and held a minute’s silence before their 62-0 triumph over Whitehaven at Halton Stadium this weekend.

(Photo credit: Widnes Vikings RL Club)

Kato pushed back Dragons deal, reveals brother

The shocking news was revealed yesterday by elder brother, Ahulo Ottio, when he delivered his brother’s eulogy in front of over 2,000 people that flocked in to pay their respects at the Sir John Guise Stadium indoor complex.

“He actually had the option to join St George but that contract came with a condition. That condition was to forgo the World Cup and undergo surgery.

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