Lack of fuel hinders police transporting case file


Lack of fuel has been blamed for police not being able to provide prosecution with the case file of an attempted murder case.

The files are reportedly still in Marau police station.

Public Prosecutor Steward Tonowane informed court yesterday the investigating officer at Marau police station says investigations have completed but are unable to bring the files to Honiara since they were running out of fuel.

Court was told that police will resort to using public boat transport to bring the files over.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Ricky Iomea made enquiries with the accused whether he had already engaged a lawyer to represent him in court.

The accused Ben Manai said he is yet to make any request to the Public Solicitor’s Office.

The accused also told the court that he is reluctant to make a request to the PSO, from fear that one of the lawyers might hurt him.

Meanwhile DCM Iomea said he could seek legal assistance from other lawyers within the PSO, because it is his right to be legally represented.

DCM Iomea then adjourned the case to May 30 for the prosecution to obtain the file from investigators, and also for the accused to seek legal representation.

Iomea also made direction on the prosecution to serve disclosures on the defence once they have the file during the adjournment.

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