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In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

11 February 2020
  • Lambi arson trial continues
  • Rarata murder case, today

Lambi arson trial continues

TRIAL will continue today on the case of four people accused of burning four houses relating to sorcery claims at Lambi area, Guadalcanal in 2017.

The hearing of evidences into this matter resumed yesterday in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court after it was adjourned from last Friday.

Prosecution case is still continuing.

The trial started last Thursday before Deputy Chief Magistrate Ricky Iomea.

Timothy Bobongi Jnr, John Kemabule, Peter Rade and Michael Belande are standing trial for arson and assault related charges.

They were charged in relation to an allegation on 13 September 2017 at Walehi village at Lambi area.

Prosecution alleged the four men were part of a group of people who allegedly went and burnt four houses.

Two people were allegedly assaulted on that day as well.

It was alleged that the alleged incident was core related to an issue of a sorcery case.

Public Solicitor’s lawyers, Rodney Manebosa, Bobby Harunari and Ron Dickey Pulekera represent the accused while Public Prosecutor John Wesley Zoze is prosecuting.


Rarata murder case, today


THE case of two young men accused of the death of a 40 year-old man at Rarata village, Northeast Guadalcanal on New Year’s Day will be brought to court today.

Sarani Matthew William, 25 and Tehila Mari, 22 are both facing one count each of murder.

They will appear before Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi today for the mention of their case.

The two men were accused of the death of a man whose dead body was found on January 2, at a cocoa plantation behind Rarata Village with cuts on his body.

Police were called to the scene and at the scene they also discovered a kitchen knife with blood stains on it.

Prosecution alleged that on 25 December 2019, Mari made threatening words to the deceased’s brother  who was walking by where Mari and others were sitting under a house.

He allegedly told the deceased’s brother that he will either kill a child or the deceased.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) appear on behalf of the Crown for this matter.