THE .38 caliber pistol found on bank robber William Nanua Kapris at the time of his arrest was “a pistol belonging to the police department” according to police investigations, sources have revealed.
Kapris told police interrogators that he had bought the weapon off the streets at Boroko where he was dropped off, and had spent some nights at a guest house there after his escape.
Kapris said he had trekked down from the Sogeri Plateau where he and his gang of 11 prisoners were driven to after they were sprung from jail by a female “lawyer” named “Helen”.
Upon reaching Tubuserea, Kapris said he had hitched a ride into Port Moresby and was dropped off at Boroko.
While there he bought the firearm from a strit mangi, he told police.
He later took a taxi to a lodge at Gordon where he stayed for three nights before he was arrested on Feb 6.
On Feb 9, Kapris appeared in court and pleaded guilty to being in possession of an unlicenced firearm, contravening section 27(1)(a) of the Firearms Act Chapter 310.
He told the Boroko District Court then that the weapon was for his own protection against rogue “politicians” who were involved in the case.
The matter involving the .38 caliber pistol was adjourned to March 16.