Estranged husband in police custody
A MAN is in police custody after he allegedly stabbed his heavily pregnant estranged wife, killing the woman’s unborn child in the act at Feraladoa settlement on the outskirt of central Honiara, last Saturday.
William Maelafia, of Malaita, was remanded at the Honiara Magistrate’s Court, Tuesday, on one count of attempted murder.
His estranged wife, who now lives with a new partner, remains in critical condition at the National Referral Hospital.
Police say they are yet to locate the knife used in the alleged stabbing.
The court heard the woman was about seven to eight months pregnant.
The prosecution alleged this is not the first time the accused mistreated the woman since they were separated in 2015.
It was also alleged Maelafia kidnapped the woman at one stage in the past year.
He was arrested and charged with one count of kidnapping for that alleged incident.
But the prosecutor alleged he absconded bail and remain at large until his arrest this week.
Public Prosecutor Elizabeth Tito yesterday asked Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi to remand Maelafia for 14 days.
The accused, who is yet to get legal representation, is due back in court on January 24.
Meanwhile, relatives of the parties have acted quickly to ease the tension among family members through traditional payment of compensation.
Retired police officer Maxwell Saelea, who mediated between the parties, told the Solomon Star this was a sad and serious incident.
“The saddest thing about this incident was the loss of life of an innocent unborn child,” Mr Saelea said.
He said the parties gathered at the Naha Police Station on Tuesday where a Malaita shell money was paid to relatives of the woman to pave the way for further reconciliation.
Mr Saelea confirmed the incident was a result of the breakdown of the couple’s marriage.
He thanked chiefs and relatives of the parties concerned for their understanding and cooperating in settling the matter in a peaceful way.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN
and LESLEY SANGA