23 May 2013

PNG capital police given 72 hours to find escapees

3:17 pm on 23 May 2013

The Police Headquarters in Papua New Guinea has given the police in the capital 72 hours to find two high-profile escaped prisoners.

One of them, William Kapris, was serving a 34 year sentence for a robbery in Madang and is awaiting trial for two other robberies and the murder of another prisoner.

The Post Courier reports the Deputy Police Commissioner, Simon Kauba, as saying the police are confident they will be able locate the escapees shortly, but if they can't be found in the next 72 hours, a bounty will be offered for their capture.

Since three prisoners escaped from the maximum security prison at Bomana last week, one of them has been killed and a female prison officer has been arrested and charged with aiding the escape.

The woman is alleged to have given the prisoners pistols and mobile phones.

Kapris' is accomplice, Raphael Walimini, was serving a life sentence for armed robbery and murder.