Man pleads guilty to murder charge

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A MAN has pleaded guilty to the killing of a 28-year-old boy at Avatai village, Rennell on 15 February this year.

Ashley Ghapuika admitted the crime when he appeared before Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi yesterday.

Taeburi adjourned the case to April 28 for committal hearing.

Prosecution said the deceased and his uncle were in their kitchen trying to light a roll of cigarette when Ghapuika came and attacked them.

He came in with a long bush knife and walked straight to where the deceased was standing and cut him once on the back of his neck.

It is believed the deceased was not able to defend himself due to the sudden attack.

The suspect later went outside from the kitchen and walked away with his bush knife full of blood.

The deceased was rushed to the Tigoa mini-Hospital in West Rennell in a vehicle but was confirmed dead on arrival