Foreigner’s trial continues next week

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BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

HEARING of evidence into the case of a Japanese national has adjourned for Monday.

The trial was supposed to have been resumed yesterday for ten days, but had to be adjourned due to some reasons by the counsels.

This is the case alleged to have involved a Japanese national alleged of commercial sexual offences relating to incidents in October and November of 2016.

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He pleaded not guilty to the charges at the Honiara Magistrate Court last year and a committal hearing was made on whether or not there is sufficient evidence on the case.

After the committal hearing the presiding magistrate ruled that prosecution has sufficient evidence on the case and committed the matter to High Court for trial.

The allegation said the accused possessed digital photographs of child exploitation material on his laptop and also he allegedly procured one unity home to provide commercial sexual service in Solomon Islands. His laptop also was seized by police upon his arrest.

A private lawyer Michael Pitakaka is representing the accused in court, while the office of the Director Public Prosecution is prosecuting the matter in court.

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