14 Jan 2014

Fugitives recaptured in PNG

5:29 pm on 14 January 2014

Police in Papua New Guinea have recaptured three out of four fugitives who are suspected of killing four Chinese nationals at a bakery in Port Moresby last year.

The three suspects, Keith Lasi Airi, Eric Leko and George Paul, are alleged to have murdered three Chinese men and one woman during a robbery in Koki last June.

The group has been on the run since October after escaping from Boroko police station, and were recaptured in Gulf province last week following a tip-off.

According to the Post Courier newspaper, five men attempted to break into the bakery's safe to steal money but the attempt was foiled by the Chinese nationals who were brutally killed with bush and kitchen knives.

The five were arrested in June and one of them is currently serving his term at Bomana jail.

Police say the fourth suspect, John Makai is still at large.