New hearing date for logging camp case - Solomon Star News


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New hearing date for logging camp case

25 June 2014

A NEW trial date has been fixed yesterday for the case of five men who are facing various charges in relation to the alleged ransacking of a logging camp in Isabel in 2012.

This was after the first trial date scheduled for this week was vacated due to their lawyer being engaged in another trial.

Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika set down July 14 to July 18, this year for the trial.

He said whether their lawyer attended the trial or not, the hearing must proceed.

David Bako, Christopher Bako, Derrick Bako, James Bako and Bartholomew are facing various charges of unlawful assembly, intimidation, wilful and unlawful damage, store break-in and simple larceny.

Police alleged the men went to Bagahe log pond on 28 December 2012 and destroyed machineries of a logging company operating at the site.

The machines were owned by Glengrow (SI) Ltd.

The men allegedly broke into the camp’s canteen and into the camp manager’s house where they stole the goods and valuable properties.

This was after the men were not happy with the company ignoring a High Court injunction order and continued its operation on a disputed land.

The men were represented by the Public Solicitor’s Office.