Man faces attempted murder charge over attack on logger

POLICE in Auki, Malaita province, have arrested and charged a 31-year-old male in relation to a wounding incident at Sarawasi logging camp, small Malaita on October 11, 2018.

It is alleged that the incident is connected to a land dispute relating to logging.

“It will be alleged that in the early hours of October 11, 2018 the accused went over to the victim’s residence,” says Provincial Police Commander Malaita Province Superintendent Timothy Apaesi.

“It’s alleged that as the accused approached the victim he struck the knife on the victims back.

“Then he struck again and wounded the victim on both hands as the victim tried to defend himself.

“People in the community were alerted and they stopped the accused from further attacking the victim.

“They assisted the victim to Afio clinic for medical assistance. They reported the matter to Police through the Police Communications Centre in Honiara.”

The report was dispatched to Auki Police and Police attended to the report the next day where the accused was arrested and an investigation carried out.

“I want to thank community members at the Sarawesi Logging Camp for responding to the incident before the police arrived and working closely with my officers on the investigations,” says Apaesi.

The accused is facing a count of attempted murder and was yesterday taken to court for remand applications.

The victim is an Asian and has been flown over to Australia for medical attention.


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