Court adjourns arson case


PRINCIPAL Magistrate Felix Hollison has adjourned the case against a 42-year-old man accused of having burnt a copra building in Temotu for today.

This is the case of Peter Dagi, 42, who is facing one count of arson relating to the incident which occurred in 2019.

The case was mentioned in court yesterday, but the defence lawyer was not in court forcing the magistrate to adjourn the case.

Dagi was accused of setting fire to a copra building at Bwa on Lord Howe Island in Temotu Province in April 2019.

He was arrested for the said offence and remanded in custody.

The accused also had issues with his status of mind and an assessment that was conducted by the psychiatrist confirmed that he “is a person of unsound mind (mentally disabled)”.

Steven Weago of the Public Solicitor’s Office represents the accused while Public Prosecutor Steward Tonowane is prosecuting.

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