12 Aug 2010

Notorious PNG bank robber pleads guilty

3:47 pm on 12 August 2010

The notorious Papua New Guinea bank robber, William Kapris, has pleaded guilty to robbing the Madang branch of Bank South Pacific of 900,000 US dollars in 2008.

The newspaper, The National, reports that Kapris pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit a robbery.

But he broke from 13 other suspects arraigned on similar charges related to the heist, and pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of kidnapping, 14 counts of deprivation of liberty, and one count of receiving stolen property.

The others pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Earlier, Justice David Cannings refused the request by Kapris' lawyer for a two-week extension to allow more time for the defence to prepare.