11 Jun 2010

Notorious PNG criminal given suspended sentence for gold heist

2:41 pm on 11 June 2010

Papua New Guinea's most notorious criminal, the prison escapee and robber William Kapris, has been given a five-year sentence for his part in the armed robbery of the Metals Refining Operations in 2007.

However, the judge deducted two years of Kapris' sentence for time he's already spent in jail, and suspended the remaining three years.

700,000 US dollars worth of gold bars were stolen and have not been recovered.

The newspaper, The National, reports that the judge felt Kapris deserved to be placed on good behaviour bond for this period.

The sentence was light because the robbery did not involve violence, with Kapris having admitted to the crime and co-operated into the investigation while others also involved are still at large.

Justice Sakora described Kapris as a sacrificial lamb who should not be held accountable for the sins of others.

Afterwards, Kapris told local media that the court' decision was a miracle from God.