G4S robbery: Vehicles to be returned

Two vehicles that were used in the Maybank robbery in 2013 by G4S guards, now serving jail time at Bomana, will be returned to their respective owners.

The vehicles were kept as evidence by the Waigani National court following the trial.

The state made an application to have the vehicles returned to its owners yesterday before Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika.

Sir Gibbs ordered for two of the three vehicles to be returned.

The armored vehicle that was used in the robbery will be released to the security firm, G4S, while a blue 10 seater Land Cruiser will also be returned to its owner.

The third vehicle, which is owned by a candidate contesting the election, will be kept by the court, until the son of the candidate who was allegedly involved in the robbery is arrested and brought to court.

The vehicles were used in the country’s biggest armed robbery on October 4, 2013, where K5.9 million was taken. To date, only K1.56 million was recovered by police. 

Six men were sentenced to a total of 130 years in prison as their punishment for the crime.

Two of those men were given 25 years each for playing a bigger role in the crime while the other four were given 20 years each.

(Loop PNG picture of the vehicles that will be returned. Picture by KENNEDY BANI)

Sally Pokiton