Judge shoots back at DPP

HIGH Court judge Stephen Pallaras QC says the Director of Public Prosecution’s (DPP) reply to comments he made at this week’s Family Violence workshop in Honiara has disappointed many Solomon Islanders. In his presentation at the workshop, Justice Pallaras expressed concerns about Ronald Bei Talasasa’s frequent overseas travels, which he said had disrupted work of…

Father who rape daughter to be sentenced soon

A MAN who confessed to having sex with his 17-year-old daughter and tried to rape his 14-year-old daughter will be sentenced soon. The father of six was arraigned yesterday before Justice Stephen Pallaras QC for the three counts of incest and one count of attempted rape. This followed the presentation of mitigation and sentencing submissions…

Men remanded over burglary

TWO men have been remanded in custody during the week for allegedly breaking into a home at night and stole properties. Willie Kai and Rex Isika were remanded in custody until August 27, where they will return to the Honiara Magistrate Court for the mention of their case. They were both charged with burglary in…

Sir Albert hails frankness of seminar participants

CHIEF Justice Sir Albert Palmer says he was amazed at the wealth of knowledge and wisdom of experience, skills and expertise from participants of the family violence and Youth Justice Workshop, which ended yesterday. He thanked participants for their frank, open and honest comments. “Take notes of suggestions for improvements and suggestions and changes you…

Australia to deliver $2M for flood recovery efforts

AUSTRALIA’S Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Brett Mason, on Friday announced his country will provide an additional AUD$2 million to assist ongoing recovery efforts following April’s devastating floods here. The disaster claimed 23 lives, displaced thousands and inflicted widespread damage to local infrastructure, including critical bridges and roads. Senator Mason made…

Family violence seminar ends

THE four-day workshop on family violence and youth justice ended on Friday at the Honiara Hotel conference room on a high note. Facilitator of this workshop Justice Peter Boshier, who is the Chief Judge of New Zealand family court, said this is the most active workshop he has ever been to. Members of the judiciary,…

Head of care centre hails seminar

COORDINATOR of the Christian Care Centre, Sister Doreen Awaiasi says she is very happy to be part of the family violence and youth justice workshop that ended on Friday. Sister Doreen said the workshop has given her the opportunity to sit face to face with other stakeholders and especially the judges and magistrates to discuss…

NGOs unite in clean election campaign

FORUM Solomon Islands International (FSII) has partnered with Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) and other local civil society groups to promote clean election campaigns. TSI Executive Officer Daniel Fenua expressed his gratitude for collaborating with some of the powerful society groups in the country. “I am happy that that you have shown commitment to be part…