Trial on burnt bulldozer’s case in August

A one week trial will kick off in August on the case of a man who allegedly set fire to the giant logging company Earth Mover’s bulldozers in August. Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika fixed the hearing date yesterday in the Honiara Magistrate’s Court. The trial will commence in August 11. The accused, John Makasi is…

Rape accused seeks bail

A man accused of trying to rape his 12-year-old niece last year is seeking bail in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. His lawyer was supposed to present the bail application yesterday but the prosecution are not ready. Crown Prosecutor Nelson Dhita said he received information for the bail application but has not received information in relation…

Pacha’s trial back next month

Defence case on the trial of the South Guadalcanal Member of Parliament (MP) David Dei Pacha will commence on July 8, in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. Prosecution has completed its case recently and the hearing was halted and further adjourned to next month for the defence’s case. The case was brought to court yesterday for…

Strong RTC supporter dies

SOLOMON Islands Association of Vocational Rural Training (SIAVRTC) centres have lost one of its individual donor partners that have been working in partnership with rural training centres in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. He is Mr Geoffrey Bambford and has been working closely with SIAVRTC who passed away at his home in Adelaide in Australia. “The…

Warrant team setup

The warrant team and the Honiara Magistrates’ Court need to work together to speed up the execution of the warrant of arrests, says a local magistrate. Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika made this suggestion when the prosecution inform him that his office has now appointed an officer in charge of the warrant team. Police Prosecutor Tony…

Advocate since 16

SHE accompanied her mother to Fiji from the Solomon Islands when she was 13 and spent two years in Suva, attending St Anne’s Primary School and St Joseph’s Secondary School. What Christina Ora did not envision was that spending time in Fiji would completely change the course of her life. The 22-year-old said taking part…

Aust supports Weathercoast women

Mrs Jean Pichu’s vision was realised recently when the Niu Areata women’s weaving and sewing project was completed with the assistance of the Australian High Commission’s Direct Assistance Program (DAP). Recently, Second Secretary Ben O’Reilly travelled to the Weathercoast to hand over the $48,000dollar project and to better understand some of the challenges faced by…

Farewell Taku from Kakamora land

Mr. Takuya Shizumi is from Japan who came to the Banana and Kakamora Land in 2012 under the JOCV program. He is a physiotherapist by profession, qualified in that field and very experienced, committed and dedicated to his job just like all Japanese are. When he arrived in Kirakira Hospital in 2012, he was assigned…

Call for long-term plan to help flood victims

The Solomon Islands Government has been urged to develop a clear, long-term plan to help people still living in evacuation centres since April’s devastating floods. The Government has attempted to close the centres, but extended their operation until the end of the month after protests from flood victims.  Solomon Islands Development Trust says a two-way…