7 Mar 2014

Audacious escape of PNG prisoners from court

2:49 pm on 7 March 2014

Two men, who are suspects in an armed robbery, escaped from Papua New Guinea's Supreme and National Courts in Waigani on Wednesday with the aid of armed accomplices.

The two escapees, Simon Ororo Bushman and Sawa Andrew, had been arrested and charged last week for an alleged armed holdup at a private clinic at Korobosea.

Witnesses say armed men drove into the restricted area of the court house, threatened the lone policeman and security guards, separated the two remand prisoners from a group of seven and then drove away.

The court registrar, Ian Augerea, confirmed the incident and the use of firearms and says an investigation into the breakout has been launched.