THE court has on Monday issued warrant of arrests for three men facing arson charges after they failed to turn up in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court.
Tika Oea, Jimmy Tangosia, and Willie Tauika were required to appear in person for their last interim mention date.
Trial on their matter commenced on February 13.
After issuing the warrant of arrests, Mr Iomea adjourned the matter for the trial next week.
The trio were accused of setting fire to logging machineries at Rennell, Renbel.
This is in relation to the allegation on 12 May last year at a Mangalea concession area at Rennell that rooted from a logging row.
Prosecution alleged the trio burnt five excavators belonging to the logging giant Sumlimsum following disagreements between the accused and the logging company.
Anderson Kesaka of DNS & Partners is representing all the accused.
Standing on behalf of the Crown yesterday is Public Prosecutor Rajah Patrick Abe appeared on instructions of his colleague Bradley Dalipanda.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN