The court’s ruling on a stay of proceeding made for three accused depends on the outcome of the psychiatric report.
This was for the court to know whether the accused Harold Keke is fit to take his plea due to his mental condition.
If the court finds Keke unfit to take his plea then in the event he rules in favour of the defence’s application, trial will no longer proceed against the three accused, Keke, Ronnie Cawa and William Hence.
The trio are facing 16 charges in relation to abduction, assault causing actual bodily harm and wrongful concealing of a person.
They were accused of abducting seven brothers of the Melanesian Brotherhood who were on a church mission.
The allegation occurred in 2003 at Weathercoast in South Guadalcanal.
On Friday, the psychiatrist was summoned by the court to explain why he did not carry out the assessment.
Doctor Paul Orotaloa told the court due to ethical issues he was not able to carry out the assessment.
But he said if there was a second opinion then he can carry out the assessment.
The defence counsel on Friday said he will speak with Dr Orotaloa on what he thinks is the best way to get the second opinion.
Justice James Apaniai therefore adjourned the matter to December 7 for mention.
Darcy Oshea of Public Solicitor’s Office represents the three accused while Josaia Naigulevu of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions appears for the Crown.
By Assumpta Buchanan
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