Man facing murder charge still without lawyer

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BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

A man alleged of killing a 10-year-old girl at Tikopia Island early this month is still without a lawyer.

Harrison Forau is charged with one count of murder and since being remanded in custody no lawyer has visited him or taken instructions in relation to his matter.

Yesterday Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika said that the case is a serious matter and the Public Solicitor’s Office needs to visit and allocate a lawyer for the accused.

Mr Forau was alleged to have involved in the death of a 10-year-old girl following an alleged rape incident on Tikopia Island in the Temotu province on October 4, 2018.

Police said the alleged rape incident happened during a community function on Thursday evening resulting in the death of the young girl. It is believed the incident occurred in a nearby bush near the seaside.

The body was found floating in the nearby Lake Teroto.

Dalcy Belapitu of the Public Prosecution Office also told the court that the case is a new matter and is yet to be allocated to a prosecutor.

The case then adjourns to November 6 for possible allocation of prosecutor and defence lawyer.

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