ONE of the men accused of robbing the Bank of South Pacific (BSP) in Auki, Malaita, in 2015 has offered to become a prosecution witness.
But that is subjected to the consideration from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
If the DPP considered the accused Solomon Wadily’s offer to become a prosecution’s witness, the armed robbery charge against him will then be withdrawn.
This issue was brought up during the mention of this matter in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi then ordered the prosecution to advise the court on the next court date on its position regarding Wadily’s offer.
This would be on March 1, when the matter will be brought back to court for the oral pre-trial conference on the matter of all the five accused – Wadily, Patrick Talo, John Kiki, Peter Eto Kafa, and Nelson Ausolo.
Wadily’s lawyer will also apply for bail anytime from now until the next court date.
All counsels and the prosecution are also ordered to work on the pre-trial conference documents and have them filed before the next court date as well.
Wadily’s co-accused had already applied for bail previously.
The court however, had refused on the grounds of, there is a risk of interference due to the non-recovery of the firearms used in the offending and the monies stolen, risk of flight, interfering, re-offending and there is a strong prosecution case against the accused.
All accused are facing one count each of armed robbery in relation to the incident on the morning of 27 November last year.
It was alleged that some of the accused were armed with firearms and one of them fired a shot before they went into the bank.
After they allegedly filled up bags with about $200,000 and US$10,000, one of them allegedly fired a shot before they left the scene.
Prosecution alleged the men wore masks at that time.
Lazarus Kwaiga of L & L Lawyers represents Ausolo and Kiki while the rest of the accused persons were represented by Jenny Namo, Sarah Karani and Ben Alasia of Public Solicitor’s Office.
Public Prosecutor Bradley Dalipanda appeared for he Crown.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN