Man charged with murder of rugby player

Late Henry Angikimua when representing the country internationally in the rugby league code. Photo Supplied
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A man has been charged with the murder of a young man in Avatai village, west Rennell.

Earlier this week, Island Sun reported this incident in which the victim was a well-known national rugby player, Henry Agikimu’a, who died in what was described as a ‘brutal killing’.

Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau confirmed yesterday that police have charged the man who is allegedly responsible for the death of late Agikimu’a. The deceased was 28 years old.

Mangau said the suspect was arrested and charged, and will appear in court on March 3, 2021.

Mangau said police investigation is still ongoing, and at this stage the cause of killing or the status of the suspect is yet to be established.

He said prior to the incident the deceased and his uncle were in the kitchen of their home. The deceased was trying to light a roll of cigarette when the suspect entered the door with a bush knife and cut him on the back of his neck.

Mangau said at that time the deceased was facing the stove to light his roll and it is believed the deceased was not able to defend himself because the suspect attacked from behind.

Mangau said the suspect left the kitchen after he committed the act.

Agikimu’a was rushed to Tigoa hospital but was confirmed dead by the nurse in charge.

Police at Tigoa then attended to the incident and the suspect was arrested. He was later flown to Honiara where he was charged and currently is being remanded in custody awaiting court appearance.