Police appeal for public help in murder investigation
By Alfred Sasako
POLICE are appealing to relatives “not to resort to any form of violence” after the body of a 50-year-old man was found on the roadside in the Tasimboko area of North East Guadalcanal.
At the same time, police are appealing for public help in their information into what was apparently a cold-blooded murder.
Already police investigators are treating the weekend death at Kaio Village as “suspicious”.
“I appeal to family and relatives of the deceased to work together with police in providing information to assist with the investigation and not to resort to any form of violence,” Guadalcanal Province’s Acting Provincial Commander, Superintendent Nixson Manetoga said in a statement last night.
“If there is information to suggest who was allegedly responsible for the death of the man, I urge you to come forward and assist police with their investigation.”
The body of the 50-year-old man whose name was yet to be released was taken on Saturday morning to the National Referral Hospital where it is awaiting post mortem examinations.
“The death is suspicious as there are obvious injuries on the neck and legs of the deceased. So far no suspect has been identified and police are working hard to get more information,” Acting PPC Manetoga said.
He said Police Forensic Officers with investigators attended the scene after they were informed of a dead body found along the road at Kaio Village in the Tasimboko area of North East Guadalcanal.
“The incident could have happened during the night of 01-02 June 2018,” said Acting PPC Manetoga.
Manetoga last night extended his condolences to family members and relatives of the man whose name is yet to be released.
Meanwhile Police have arrested a man in connection with another incident over the weekend.
Police the 28-year-old man was arrested on Friday for allegedly attacking another man at Vonu Village, also in the Tasimboko area of North East Guadalcanal.
It was alleged the victim approached the suspect’s father, allegedly shouting threatening words. He was allegedly armed with a sling. An altercation followed resulting in the serious injuries being sustained by the victim.
“Police arrested the alleged suspect based on information provided. The suspect is in police custody while investigation is ongoing and will be formally charged soon,” Acting Provincial Police Commander (PPC) for Guadalcanal Province, Superintendent Nixson Manetoga said
“Police will also deal with the allegation against the victim once his health is guaranteed by medical authorities.”
He said police have warned the warring parties “to refrain from taking the laws into their own hands in the future”.
Manetoga said he was pleased both parties have agreed to assist police in their investigations.