THE case of the three recaptured prisoners accused of escaping from Rove prison last December has been adjourned for possible plea next week.
The matter of Frank Firimolea, Dilo Faiga, and Willie Olo who faces a charge of escaping lawful custody was listed for plea last Friday.
However, Faiga’s lawyer Lazarus Waroka of Public Solicitor’s Office is yet to get instructions for a plea.
Waroka’s colleague Rodney Manebosa who represents Firimolea had also just confirmed to the court he will represent Olo.
Olo had been without a lawyer since he was remanded in custody last year.
The trio escaped from the Correctional facility at Rove, Honiara, on 15 December 2019.
Soon after their escape police set up a task force called “Operation Hunt-Man” to hunt down these three escapees.
Convicted prisoner Willie Olo was the first to be recaptured in the early hours of January 17 at the LDA area at Betikama, east of Honiara.
Firimolea and Faiga were recaptured on February 15 in a RAV4 vehicle along the Burns Creek main road.
Olo was convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment on 9 December 2019 for an armed robbery incident on 23 August 2019 in Honiara.
Faiga and Firimolea were remanded for separate armed robbery charges.
Apart from the armed robbery charge, Firimolea is facing break-in charges.
One of the break-in charges relates to an incident on 22 October 2018.
The prosecution alleged Firimolea broke into the Honiara City Council (HCC) office.
He escaped but was later arrested after the fingerprints test was carried out and matched his fingerprints.
Firimolea had already pleaded not guilty to this break-in offence last September.
A pre-trial conference will be conducted on this matter on April 10.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN