years for police officer’s killer
A MAN who pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge in relation to the death of a police officer last year has been sentenced to four years imprisonment this week.
Rebsey Consinto, 22, was initially on trial for a murder charge, but the charge was reduced to manslaughter due to inconsistencies from prosecution’s key witnesses.
This was in relation to an incident on August 21 this year opposite the Zome area, near the Lungga Junction, East Guadalcanal.
The accused and the deceased who are relatives were drinking alcohol when an argument erupted.
The convict used an iron bar in an attempt to unarm the deceased who had a knife in his hand.
He aimed the iron bar at the deceased’s hand but landed on the forehead when the deceased ducked.
The deceased received a fractured skull which exposed his brain.
He died later from the injuries.
Consinto was represented by Public
Solicitor Douglas Hou and prosecuted by the Director of Public Prosecutions
Ronald Bei Talasasa and prosecutor Nelson
Husband gets four years for raping estranged wife
A HUSBAND who was found guilty of raping his estranged wife at Fox Wood in East Guadalcanal in 2009 has been sentenced to four years imprisonment on Thursday.
The man in his 30’s was convicted of rape after a trial.
Justice James Apaniai yesterday sent the husband to four years imprisonment, but ordered that the term be backdated to when the accused was taken into custody.
The accused met his wife at a shop in Honiara and forced her into his car.
He then took her to Fox Wood where he raped her after an argument with her.
The two had been separated two weeks prior to the incident.
Private lawyer Allan Hou represented the accused.
Man remanded for Makira murder
A 21-YEAR-OLD Guadalcanal man has been remanded yesterday in custody for the alleged murder of another man in Makira early this month.
Patrick Sovesuia faces one count of murder for allegedly stabbing the deceased with a screw driver under his left armpit.
The incident occurred on the night of December 3, at Terea Settlement area, in Central Bauro.
Police alleged Sovesuia accuses one of the deceased’s friends, Richard Bwagi of flashing torch light on his face.
Bwagi was out searching for crabs at the Kirakira airport run-way when he was accused by Sovesuia who was walking towards a house in that area.
According to the brief facts, Bwagi went back to the deceased’s friends who were drinking and told them of the incident.
It was alleged that the deceased and his friends then went after Sovesuia and when they found him, the deceased punched him on the face.
Police further alleged that Sovesuia exchanged punches with a screw driver on the deceased’s right under arm and then fled.
The deceased after trying to chase the accused, however fell down a few metres away from where he was stabbed.
He was taken to the Kirakira hospital but died hours later due to a stab wound to his heart.
Sovesuia was employed by a construction company that is currently building police housing estate in Kirakira.
Following a successful application by the police prosecution yesterday, Sovesuia was remanded in custody until December 20.
He was told to find legal representation.
Accused to take plea in high court
THE man who admitted killing his younger brother in Gela, Central Province in September, will be arraigned (take his plea) today in the High Court.
Twenty eight year-old Benjamin Manakama had pleaded guilty to the murder charge last month in the Honiara Magistrate’s Court.
His case was then committed to the High Court for sentence.
He will take his plea before a High Court judge before his sentence is handed.
Manakama stabbed his 22 year-old brother on his back chest with a knife, September 26, at Moli village in Small Gela.
This was over an ill feeling the accused had towards his brother in relation to a comment made to his wife.
The comment was made to the accused’s wife and another girl, when she was not yet married to the accused.
The deceased told the accused’s wife and another woman that he would marry any of them.
Later, it was the accused who married the girl and he continued to have ill feelings towards his younger brother over the comments.
As a result, the accused admitted stabbing his brother with a knife.
Manakama is represented by Solomon Kalu
of the Public Solicitor’s Office.
Verdict on buggery case todayA TEMOTU man on trial on a buggery charge will know his fate today in the High Court.
presiding judge will reveal whether the accused is guilty or not, of the offence
he allegedly committed on an eight year-old girl last year.
told the court the 50 year-old man had an unnatural sex with her and also
indecently used a sharpened cassava stick on her bottom.
alleged incident occurred at a cassava garden at Henderson, East Guadalcanal on
an unknown date between October 9 and November 13, last year.
Allen Tinoni of Public Solicitor’s Office is representing the Temotu man.
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