A MAN who damaged the autopsy table at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) morgue has appealed his conviction in the High Court.
As a result, Nicholas Hemu’s sentencing is upheld awaiting the outcome of the appeal.
Hemu has been convicted of one count of common assault after a trial in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court in February.
This was in relation to the incident in 2013 at the hospital.
Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Shepherd Lapo in his judgment in February said he was satisfied that the prosecution has proven beyond reasonable doubt the circumstantial evidence to the degree that the accused, Nicholas Hemu, wilfully and unlawfully damaged the autopsy table inside the hospital morgue.
Hemu was seen by the hospital security officer walking from the car park shouting aggressively as he was angry with the people who killed his brother.
While talking, the security said, Hemu was walking straight to the morgue and he later heard a big bang sound coming from inside the building.
It was the big bang sound that alerted him that the autopsy table was damaged.
The security then said after the big bang sound, one of Hemu’s relatives went inside the morgue and escorted him out.
The autopsy table was used by Doctors to operate dead bodies.
Hemu is represented by Lazarus Kwaiga of Public Solicitor’s Office while Abel Maelanga of Police Prosecutions Service appeared for the State.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN