* Ririana to enter plea
* Sentencing for attacker Nov 6
* Taremae to face trial for one count of conversion
* Teururu’s matter to High Court for trial
Ririana to enter plea
THE woman who allegedly involved in a fatal accident near the Honiara City Council (HCC) roundabout that claimed the life of a 15 year-old girl will be entering her plea on November 3.
Veslyn Ririana, 26, will be entering pleas to the charges of causing death by reckless or dangerous driving, presence of alcohol in a person’s blood, motor vehicle to be licensed and driver’s to be licensed.
The court on Tuesday also heard that prosecution is yet to obtain outstanding documents from the investigators.
Principal Magistrate having adjourned the matter extended bail for Ririana.
Ririana was released on bail on a previous court appearance.
She is charged in relation to the allegation on at about 10pm on September 15 at the Honiara City Council roundabout in front of the Solomon Water office.
The accused Ririana allegedly drove a white short boot car heading on a westerly direction towards the HCC roundabout in a very high speed and swerved out of the main driveway onto the pedestrian walkway opposite to Solomon Water.
It was alleged that at that time a lot of pedestrians including the deceased were walking along the footpath going back to their homes after attending a church program at Holy Cross Cathedral Church.
The accused having swerved onto the pathway hit a 15 year-old girl carrying her straight towards the Solomon Water fence.
A police patrol arrived at the scene and transported the girl to the National Referral Hospital but she was pronounced dead.
George Gray of Public Solicitor’s Office is representing Ririana while Public Prosecutor John Wesley Zoze appeared yesterday for the Crown.
Sentencing for attacker Nov 6
Sentencing submissions and mitigation on the matter of a man who attacked an elderly man in 2015 in Temotu Province will be made in Court on November 6.
Samson Dagi was found guilty after a trial of one count of threatening words and assault causing actual bodily harm before Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika.
This is in relation to an incident on 19 November 2015 at Bamoi, Santa Cruz, where the accused attacked the victim in relation to differences between them.
The differences came about as a result of the accused having an affair with the victim’s daughter.
On the day of the incident, the victim and his nephew came ashore at Bamoi from their boat and the victim went ashore.
The accused assaulted the victim and then threatened the victim with a bush knife for him to leave Bamoi.
The victim who was on his way home to Lunelo village from Nangu stopped over at Bamoi to buy beers when the incident happened.
This matter is prosecuted by the police prosecution.
Dagi is also facing other charges of intimidation, criminal trespass and intimidation that was prosecuted by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Some of these incidents occurred on Christmas period in 2016 and in 2017.
The accused was also found guilty after a trial for these offences.
The sentencing submissions and mitigation into this matter will also made in court on November 6.
Henry Kausimae of Public Solicitor’s Office is representing Dagi.
Taremae to face trial for one count of conversion
Prosecution has yesterday withdrawn a conversion charge against the former Member of Parliament for Makira/Ulawa Province who was accused of misusing Central Makira constituency funding between 2011 and 2013.
Hypolite Taremae who is also a former premier for Makira/Ulawa Province is now facing only one count of conversion involving more than $66,000.
He was initially charged with two counts of conversion.
This was for allegedly misusing more than $200,000 from the $474,872 allocated for the Reforestation and Out Growers Subsidy funds granted to Central Makira Constituency in 2011 to 2013.
Public Prosecutor Dalcy Belapitu yesterday made an application to withdraw one of the conversion charges involving $140,000, under section 190 (2) (b) (ii) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC).
This is due to insufficient evidence.
Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi granted the application and had Taremae discharged of the charge.
Police however under this section can reinstate the charge against Taremae once they collected sufficient evidence to proceed with that charge.
Ms Belapitu confirmed that they will be proceeding with only count of conversion.
A trial date to hear this matter will be fixed on October 30.
At the time of the alleged offending, Taremae was the MP for Central Makira Province.
The fund that was allegedly misused by the Taremae was from the Ministry of Forestry and Research, which is a reforestation subsidy to all 50 constituencies.
Anderson Kesaka of LIAN Lawyers is representing Taremae.
Teururu’s matter to High Court for trial
THE man accused of cutting another man’s head with an axe will be standing trial in the High Court.
This followed Deputy Chief Magistrate Ricky Iomea’s on Tuesday on a short form preliminary inquiry (committal hearing) conducted on the matter of Maraki Teururu.
Having found sufficient evidence against Teururu, Mr Iomea committed the matter to the High Court for trial there.
After handing his ruling in relation to the committal hearing, he also ruled on a bail application made for Teururu, of which, he granted.
Teururu was released on a cash bail of $1,000, attached with strict bail conditions.
Some of the strict bail conditions imposed includes, he is not to interfere directly or indirectly prosecution witness and he is not to leave Honiara town boundary without the leave of the court.
Whilst on bail he is also required to reside with his surety.
Teururu will appear in the High Court on November 30 for the first mention of his matter there.
This accused is facing one count of attempted murder.
This is in relation to an allegation on the night of 8 April 2018 at the 01 bus stop market area at White River.
Prosecution alleged the accused and the alleged victim were involved in an argument at the bus stop area and as a result the accused used an axe to strike the victim’s head.
Public Solicitor’s lawyer William Kadi represents Teururu.