BY JENNIFER KUSAPA
A man alleged of setting fire to his parents’ house in 2020 at the Goldridge area has pleaded not guilty and a pre-trial hearing was conducted on December 7.
Nelson Vajua is charged with one count of arson c/s 319 (a) of the Penal Code.
Yesterday prosecution and defence lawyers set the trial date to February 13-17, 2023.
Prosecution alleged that he burnt the house belonging to his parents at Vatumauri Village, Gold Ridge area in Central Guadalcanal on October 16, 2020.
This case has been delayed for quite a while because the defendant Vajua had not been attending court, thus a warrant of arrest was issued on the defendant.
He was re-arrested and placed in custody awaiting his trial. Public Prosecutor Samuel Tovosia is appearing for the crown on this matter