A 50-year-old Malaita man has been remanded in custody yesterday for allegedly raping his sister in-law.
The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the woman, faces one count of rape.
Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika granted prosecution’s 14-day remand application despite a bail application being made by the defence counsel.
The accused will appear again at the Honiara Magistrate’s Court on December 7.
The 25-year-old alleged victim was related to the accused’s wife as her cousin sister.
The accused, who is a taxi driver, allegedly picked up the woman in West Honiara at 7pm on November 18.
It was alleged that the accused told the woman they are going to the Central Police Station to report a case against her.
However, police alleged on the way the accused instead drove down to Bonege Beach, west Guadalcanal.
Police alleged the accused raped the woman after he offered her cans of beers.
Hubert Fugui of Public Solicitor’s Office represented the accused.
Men, woman deny robbery charges
THREE men and a woman have been further remanded in custody after pleading not guilty to robbery charges against them.
Billy Ngota, George Saega, Owen Iniota and Grace Afunu will return to the Honiara Magistrate’s Court for a pre-trial-conference on November 30.
The male accused were each charged with one count of robbery and one count of criminal trespass while Afunu faces one count of robbery.
These were in relation to a robbery incident on the morning of November 8, at Tandai, West Honiara.
Police alleged that the three men entered the residence of a Chinese man armed with bush knives and after threatening the house occupants stole substantial amount of money and other valuable properties.
According to the allegation, Afunu worked as a house girl for the complainant and the girlfriend of the prime suspect, Ngota.
She allegedly conspired with the men to rob her boss.
Police have recovered a total of $31, 405 from the accused during the arrest including foreign currency which its value are yet to be determined.
Meanwhile, four others Jack Nosi, Michael Betea, Walton Tana Beato and Andrew Danny Iata who were earlier arrested were freed yesterday.
The robbery charges against them were withdrawn under section 190 (2) (b) (ii) of the Criminal Procedure Code due to insufficient evidence.
Under that section of the CPC, police can recharge the men once they have collected sufficient evidence against them.
Hubert Fugui of Public Solicitor’s Office represents the men and prosecuting the case is Abel Maelanga of Police Prosecution.
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