Mobile phone owner arrested over death of alleged robber

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A 23-year-old man has been arrested over the death of another man who reportedly stole a mobile phone belonging to the arrestee.

A police statement yesterday said the 23-year-old gave himself up to police following discussions with them.

He was formally arrested at his home and charged on June 18. He is being remanded awaiting court.

Police say he is being charged with murder ‘contrary to section 200 of the penal code. The suspect has remanded at the Rove Correctional Centre on June 19, 2021. He will appear before the Honiara Central Magistrates Court on 2 July 2021’.

The suspect was arrested in relation to an incident which occurred on the morning of June 12, behind the Kwaimani building, Kukum area.

Information gathered by police said an argument broke out over a mobile phone that was taken from the now murder-suspect and the deceased’s group at Kukum area.

The deceased was among five others who stole a mobile phone from the suspect and his cousin brother. It was during that time a fight broke out between them.

Police said: “The deceased and his group attacked the suspect and fell on the ground since he was out numbered.

“The suspect stood up and continued to fight the deceased and his group. It was alleged at that time the suspect punched the deceased head, and he fell on the road unconsciously. The suspect escaped while the deceased group chased him.

“The deceased later assisted by his friends back to Bua valley area after the incident, and they left him at a market stall with injuries at the back of his head.

“The deceased friends asked him to eat and go to the hospital for a medical treatment, but he refused.

“About 1pm on 14 June 2021, the deceased was rushed to the National Referral Hospital and was pronounced death.”