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Accused await ruling

19 June 2014

FOUR men who allegedly helped a life time prisoner escape police arrest in Guadalcanal in 2013 are still waiting for the outcome of their case.

The ruling will be handed down shortly after the closing submissions which are yet to be made in court.

The trial in this case has been completed recently in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court.

The closing submissions which were supposed to be made yesterday were not made as both the prosecution and the accuseds’ lawyers are yet to finalise their submission.

Police Prosecutor Ronnie Pisei said their office building has been without power at the moment which is why he has not finalised his closing submission.

Henry Kausimae of Public Solicitor’s Office told the court that his reason for the delay was because of workloads.

He said his colleagues who represent some of the accused are also yet to finalise their closing submissions.

Both prosecution and the defence sought an adjournment to allow them to finalise their closing submission.

Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika granted an adjournment to July 2 and further ordered both the prosecution and the defence to file their submissions on July 1.

All four accused were further remanded in custody.

Guadalcanal men Edwin Bubu, Lawrence Boleta, James Varo and Andrew Koria were charged with one count each of accessory after the fact.

This was in relation to an allegation on the early hours of October 27, 2013, where they were accused of disturbing a police team sent to capture a fugitive.

The fugitive escaped from the Rove Correctional Centre and was believed to be hiding at the accuseds’ village.

It was alleged that as a result of these disturbances, the fugitive managed to escape.

Police Prosecutor Ronnie Pisei is representing the State.