Murder accused yet to enter plea

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BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

THE accused into an alleged murder incident at the Tasimboko area in North East Guadalcanal is yet to enter his plea as his defence lawyer did not turn up in court yesterday.

This is the case of 22-year-old Fredrick Soniatavu, who is charged with one count of murder in relation to the incident which occurred in June this year.

Public Prosecutor John Zoze told court that the appearance yesterday was for the accused to be arraigned and also for the election of the preliminary inquiry; however since the defence lawyer was not present the court then adjourned the case to November 8.

The accused was further remanded in custody for the next court appearance.

Prosecution in remanding the accused said that the accused is facing a serious charge of murder in which once convicted life imprisonment was the penalty for such offence.

The Office of the Director Public Prosecution appears for the Crown.

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