Case of man using backhoe at Coral Sea adjourns

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BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

THE case of a man alleged of damaging the Coral Sea Resort in Honiara using a backhoe excavator in October 2018 will be mentioned again on August 6 at the Honiara Magistrate Court.

The adjournment was made due to the Prosecutor and the defence lawyer both failing to turn up in court yesterday for the sentencing and mitigation submission.

Principal Magistrate Hollison Felix adjourned the matter to allow both counsels to deal with the case.

Dickson Irofinao is facing charges in relation an incident which occurred on the afternoon of October 11, 2018, at the Coral Sea Resort, Honiara.

Allegations said that Mr Irofinao, following an argument with his estranged wife, stole a Backhoe Excavator from SIWA Staffs and went to the hotel.

His wife was an employee at the Coral Sea Resort at the time of alleged offending while Irofinao was said to be working for the Solomon Islands Water Authority.

Between 1pm and 2pm, it was alleged Irofinao went to the hotel with the Backhoe Excavator speeding recklessly into the lobby towards the guests who were spending and enjoying the facilities there.

Following that, he allegedly went back into the Backhoe Excavator and drove it aggressively into the lobby damaging properties.

He surrendered himself to police on duty that same afternoon.

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