Suspect hospitalized, say witnesses


A PERSON who tried to steal the Solomon Cup from the Malaita provincial chamber has been caught just before he could get away with the trophy on the night of Thursday December 15.

The incident happened at provincial capital Auki.

Malaita Eagles won the trophy after the Solomon Cup competition ended in Honiara the previous week.

Members of the Malaita Eagles squad arrived back in Auki and had their victory dinner on the evening of the incident.

The trophy was kept at the provincial chambers.

SunAuki was told the person who attempted to steal the trophy entered the building and took off with the trophy.

When security guards were alerted, they gave chase and caught up with the thief and the trophy in his hands.

“He was only in his underpants when the guards caught up with him,” an eye-witness told SunAuki.

The guards took away the trophy from him.

Another eye-witness said the alleged thief was referred to Kilu’ufi hospital for medical attention for injuries sustained when the guards caught up with him.

When contacted, Malaita Provincial Police Commander Lesley Kili said the incident has not been reported to them.

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