Lawyers to talk of minimum time for killer of elderly man

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The case of a man found guilty of killing an elderly person in 2017 will return to court next week to discuss ‘minimum term sentence’.

Allen Liomauri was convicted of murder in the previous occasion, over the killing which took place at Ranadi, east Honiara.

Appearing before High Court Judge, Justice Maelyn Bird yesterday Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Andrew Kelesi said he was yet to file a written submission but was however prepared to make oral submission.

Defence lawyer Daniel Kwalai also shared that defence needed some time to prepare and file their written submission on the issue.

Having heard submissions from the lawyers, Justice Bird adjourned the case for next week for submissions.

Liomauri who was 25 years-old at the time of incident, assaulted the elderly person on January 14, 2017.

Prosecution said the deceased was 57-year-old and was the security officer then at the Sugar and Salt Company at Ranadi, it was on his way to work that he was attacked by Liomauri.

Prosecution said the deceased had met a female and was talking with her at the road side, it was at that time Liomauri who was also at the vicinity swore at him and a brief argument ensured.

Liomauri assaulted the deceased in which he fell and hit his head on the ground; whilst on the ground Liomauri continued to kick him.

The female then stopped the accused from further assaulting and the deceased was taken to his work place and later returned home.

He stayed at home and after two days, experienced severe abdominal pain and on January 16, 2017 sought medical attention at the National Referral Hospital.

On the following day, he died and the matter was reported to police that same day.