The National, Thursday 22nd March 2012
THE head of the rapid response unit in Madang has been charged with attempted murder over the shooting of a Grade 9 student at Erima along the South Coast road last year.
Snr Cons Daniel Kapen, 40, of Taulil village, Gazelle, East New Britain, appeared at the committal court yesterday where he was charged.
Kapen is well-known for his no-nonsense approach to curbing lawlessness around Madang.
His bail application is still pending over requests that the firearm used be tendered during appearance today.
The rifle is an Israeli made Galil ACE 22 automatic rifle.
According to police records, a group of intoxicated boys were walking along the Erima road last Dec 11 between 3pm and 4pm.
They were heading in the direction of the school after an earlier scuffle and were leaving when they were stopped by Kapen
The victim, Donald Mara, a Grade 9 student at Malala, and Cedric Waraho, were the only ones standing on the road after the others had fled upon seeing Kapen’s vehicle.
Kapen allegedly got out of his vehicle with his firearm and shot Mara on both feet.