Four men go on trial for K1.4 million robbery

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The National, Thursday July 18th, 2013


FOUR men went on trial in the National Court yesterday over an armed robbery involving more than K1.4 million in Port Moresbyin 2011.

The men from Central, Northern and Gulf were charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit robbery and one count each of robbery.

According to an indictment presented in court by the state prosecution before Deputy Chief Justice Gibbs Salika, the four were alleged to have conspired with employees of a security firm to commit the robbery on Sept 12, 2011.

“Five employees of the firm were transporting the money from its base to Westpac Bank at Waigani when they were held up at gunpoint and robbed,” the court was told.

Senior state prosecutor Anthony Kupmain alleged that between Aug 1, 2011 and Sept 12 2011, the four accused gathered at Taikone village and made the plan to rob Corps Security firm transporting money to the bank.

The court was told that on Sept 12, 2011 Corps Security was transporting K1,451,396.54 to Westpac Bank when it was robbed.

The trial continues.