A SECOND suspect accused of the robbery at a shop opposite the King George School, east Honiara, has been remanded on Wednesday.
The 16-year-old juvenile was remanded on grounds that he has no fixed address in Honiara and therefore is at risk of absconding bail.
His co-accused Hudson Billy was already remanded in custody last week.
The juvenile was however admitted at the National Referral Hospital as a result of the public chasing and attacking him and his co-accused.
The young lad appeared in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court yesterday with a bandage around his head and scratches on his face.
When asked what happened to his head, Police Prosecutor Iete Tebakota said the injuries were sustained during the attack from the public.
Some of the grounds Mr Tebakota submitted to the court for the remand is the accused has no fixed address in Honiara, three suspects are still at large and investigation is continuing.
Defence lawyer Daniel Kwalai, who took brief instructions from the accused in court, said the accused has an address in Honiara.
He said the accused lives with his sister Mary but when asked by the court as to the full name of the sister, the accused could not provide the details.
Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi granted the application on the ground that the juvenile has no fixed address in Honiara.
She said the court does not believe the accused has a sister Mary as he could not state her full name and or details about her.
The juvenile is remanded in custody until January 27, when he will appear again in court.
“The accused has the right to appeal the remand decision within 14 days and can apply for bail in the future.”
Billy and the juvenile are jointly charged with one count of robbery in relation to the allegation on the afternoon of January 5 at Tuna shop located opposite the King George Sixth School.
Prosecution alleged the two accused and three other men were armed with bush knives and attacked the Tuna shop owner and shop keepers.
They allegedly got away with $10,000 in cash and properties worth more than $25,000.
The court heard yesterday the cash and properties are yet to be recovered.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN