One of the men accused of attacking a man with a knife early this year at a village in Guadalcanal will be facing trial in the High Court.
Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika on Wednesday committed 28-year-old Selwyn Namo to stand trial in the High Court for one count of attempted murder.
This was after a short form preliminary inquiry was conducted on his case.
Co-accused in the case 18-year-old Richard Levi however has opted for a long form preliminary inquiry.
A long form preliminary inquiry requires the calling of witnesses in court.
A short form preliminary inquiry only requires documents relevant to the case being tendered to court.
The court will be hearing the evidences for the long form preliminary inquiry on August 12.
The two accused are facing one count each of attempted murder in relation to an alleged incident on 4 January, 2015 at Nangali village in East Central Guadalcanal.
Prosecution alleged the two men were under the influence of liquor when they allegedly attacked the alleged victim with a knife.
They each allegedly cut the alleged victim on his shoulder.
Namo’s lawyer Sarah Karani had earlier made a proposal to the prosecution to reduce the charge of attempted murder to a lesser charge of grievous bodily harm.
Public Prosecutor Jasper Anisi yesterday informed the court that the prosecution has decided to maintain the attempted murder charge.
The defence counsels representing the two accused are from the Public Solicitor’s Office.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN