Double murder judgment 10am today

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BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

CHIEF Justice Sir Albert Palmer will today deliver the judgment on the two accused alleged of killing a Chinese business couple at their Town Ground shop, west Honiara, in April last year.

According to the Judge’s secretary the judgment has been listed for today 10am.

A trial was conducted last month in which the footage of the killing was shown in court during the trial.

This is the case against Raymond Keota and Jimson Goufi who face two counts of murder each in relation to the incident which occurred on April 15 of last year.

Police alleged that the incident was a pre-planned incident in which one of the accused on the matter was a security guard of the two deceased.

The allegation said that the accused Keota turned up at about 8.30pm on April 15 at the LGZ shop as was planned with Goufi the security guard.

Police alleged that Goufi shut up all windows before he walked to the main door facing the road and from inside wind down the door.

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The allegation further said that the accused Keota when he entered the shop waste no time but attacked the male deceased who was busy with business papers.

Police alleged that Keota landed the knife twice on the victim before Goufi intervened and got hold of the same bush knife and repeatedly strike it on the victim, which subsequently landed him on the floor laying in a prone helpless condition

It was also alleged that Yuegui (wife), who was busy with her cooking heard something unusual at the shop and rushed to check.

When Keota saw her, he allegedly went straight at her at the Kaibar and attacked her with a kitchen knife.

It was the following morning when Goufi and the other female workers of the shop went to work that they discovered the couple were dead.

Police alleged it was Goufi who climbed the fence and went into the building and upon his return informed the female workers the couples were lying dead inside the shop.

Lawyers from the Public Solicitor’s Office represent the two accused.

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