3 Jun 2017

Jail sentences for PNG security guards

9:07 am on 3 June 2017

Six Papua New Guinea security guards involved in the robbery of US$1.8 million in 2013 have been given jail sentences of between 16 and 22 years.

According to the Post Courier, the Deputy Chief Justice Gibs Salika handed down the sentences to the group in the national court, and said the robbery was well planned but ultimately a failure.

The former guards had stolen 6 million kina in cash from the security client Maybank after their request for a pay increase from their own employer was ignored.

While he condoned the actions of the security guards, Justice Salika said employers must take into account their employees petitions or issues and not brush aside them.

The newspaper said 300 thousand US dollars of the stolen money was used, and $1.3 million never recovered.