A YOUNG man in his 20’s has been convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment on Wednesday in the High Court.
Paul Mona was sentenced after a trial held at Auki in December last year for one count of murder and another of unlawful wounding.
He stabbed two men on Christmas Day in 2010 at Uimadjai village in Tawaro, South Malaita.
Mona stabbed the boys with a small knife after he thought there was a fight between the deceased’s group in the other house.
The accused’s group was drinking in a house when they heard shouts coming from the deceased’s group who have been drinking in another house.
Mona and his group ran over to where the deceased and his group were drinking and stabbed the first victim.
The deceased was then the next victim of the stabbing where he received three stabs to his body which resulted in his death.
While Mona has been sent to serve his life time punishment in prison for the murder charge, he will return again to court on April 23.
This is for sentencing submissions and mitigation to be made on the charge of unlawful wounding before a sentence will be handed down.
Hubert Fugui of Public Solicitor’s Office represented Mona while prosecutor Florence Joel appeared for the state.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN