Police complete Daikoku robbery investigations

Crime Investigation Detectives in NCD have completed investigations into the Daikoku restaurant robbery that took place on May 18.

Five men were arrested and charged over the armed robbery, which took place between 11.30am and 12midday at Harbour City at Konedobu.

Remanded at Bomana, the five accused appeared for mention at the Waigani Committal Court to give an update on their submissions on the respective hand-up brief.

Solomon Gonol, Paul Michael, John Sabol 'Ala', Jack Joe Hora and Shnider Bishop appeared before Magistrate Cosmas Bidar. Bishop is the only accused on National Court bail.

They told the court their files were served to them and their lawyers were still in the process of filing submissions in response to the allegations against them.

Bishop has engaged a lawyer to defend him while Michael, Hora and Sabol told the court they will write their own submissions.

They are expected back in court on Oct 28.

It is alleged the five, armed with factory made pistols, held up the staff and customers of Daikoku restaurant and stole cash and items valued at K2,752.

They allegedly got away with K300 cash, four whisky bottles worth K1000, six wine bottles valued at K732, and three Pall Mall cigarettes, also worth K732.

They were caught by police while attempting to get away.

(The Daikoku restaurant is housed in the ENB Haus at Harbour City, Port Moresby.)

Sally Pokiton