Murder suspect surrenders

A 44-YEAR-OLD man suspected of killing a female Chinese shop owner at the White Angel building in Honiara on 2 May this year has gave himself up to police.

Assistant Commissioner (AC) Crime and Intelligence Patricia Leta said the murder suspect was handed over to police on Wednesday night in Honiara by his parents.

“They travel from west Kwaio to Honiara by boat to hand over the suspect to National Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF),” Leta said.

“Auki police officers escorted the suspect and his family members from west Kwaio to Honiara,” she added.

“I would like to thank the immediate family members of the suspect and the people of east and west Kwaio to take such initiatives to surrender the suspect to police.

“This is the kind of working relationship we need to establish between us. Let the law deal with him. He is still innocent till proven guilty by the court.”

The man, an employee of the Chinese woman, escaped to Malaita after the killing.

He avoided police attempts to arrest him.

His father, a church pastor who accompanied him to Honiara, thanked the police and other family members for their support in facilitating the arrest.

Director National Criminal Investigation Department (NICD) Superintendent Michael Bole thanked the Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Malaita Province and his officers who were involved in the operation that led to the surrender.

“It’s not easy to do such negotiation but you make it happen,” Bole said.

Meanwhile, Leta said the suspect has now been charged with murder contrary to section 200 of the Penal Code.

He was remanded at the Rove Correctional Centre and will appear in the Honiara Central Magistrates’ court on 17 June 2021. – Police Media Unit

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