Funding delays police work on Bellona killing case

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BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

PUBLIC Prosecution has informed court yesterday that funding issues has delayed police investigation on the Bellona murder incident.

This is the case against Kravis Tamaika who is alleged of killing a little girl and injuring four other victims on August 17 this year.

Prosecutor Patricia Tabepuda who appeared for the Director Public Prosecution said investigation is still ongoing and police investigators are yet to go over to Bellona to complete the investigation.

She said that two other victims are still currently hospitalised at the National Referral Hospital and thus police are yet to get their statements.

Ms Tabepuda said their office was informed that this case was investigated by police in Honiara and investigators are waiting on the funds to be approved for their travel to Bellona.

Meanwhile the accused is yet to be represented by any lawyer.

Principal Magistrate Augustine Aulanga said that lawyers from the Public Solicitor’s Office should represent the accused as he has many serious charges against him.

Aulanga then adjourned the case for the next 14 days, and ordered that prosecution updates the court on the status of the investigation and also for the accused to secure a lawyer to represent him with his charges.

The case will appear again in court on October 3.

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