Royal Solomon Islands Police Force recovering the body of the Chinese shopowner found dead in her shop last year. PHOTO CHARLES KADAMANA
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Police yet to I.D any suspect


A Chinese woman was killed yesterday morning in her shop at the White Angel building, Pt Cruz.

The incident occurred reportedly after 8am in one of town’s busiest areas.

Police are scrambling to identify any suspect, with no arrest reported so far.

A Chinese man, owner of an adjacent shop told Island Sun the deceased had entered her shop using the back-door and was attacked inside.

“Deceased and family reside at the Ranadi area, and she had come to open the shop after dropping off her children at school. The husband was at home at the time.

“The deceased had entered the building by using the back-door, and it was around this time that she was attacked, said the Chinese man.

According to Police, the deceased left her house in the Ranadi area, east Honiara to drop off her twin sons at school in the morning and then went down to her shop inside the White Angel Building in Point Cruz to open it as normal.

“While the shopkeepers were waiting outside for the deceased to open the shop, the husband of the deceased arrived and sought assistance from a nearby shop to open their shop as the doors were locked from inside. When the husband finally entered their shop just before 9am, he discovered his wife (deceased) lying on the floor with blood all over her body.” Police statement says.

Assistant Commissioner for Crime and Intelligence Patricia Leta says, “The matter was reported to police and officers from the Forensic Unit, National Criminal Investigation Department (NCID), Fire and Rescue, Police Response Team (PRT) and Central Response Unit (CRU) attended the incident and cordoned off the scene of the crime while investigations began.

“The body of the deceased is now at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) morgue for further examination and post mortem.

“Our sincere condolences to the family and relatives of the deceased for the loss of their loved one.

“So far no suspect has been identified as the investigation continues. I call on members of the general public who may have been around the White Angel building in Point Cruz early this morning and may have noticed anything suspicious to come forward to police with any information that may assist the investigation into this very sad incident in our capital city.”