TWO male juveniles accused of being part of a group of people gathering at Kukum Junction, Honiara during the peak of last November’s riot will return to court on June 30.
The boys, aged 14 and 12, are facing one count of unlawful assembly.
Their matter is awaiting their lawyer to get instructions from them to take the pleas to the charge against them.
Appearing in court yesterday, the mother of one of the accused said she made two attempts to see her son’s lawyer but the lawyer was out at one time.
It was heard in court that both accused attended school but had to stop because of this matter.
A Public Solicitor Bobby Harunari who was in court said he did not have any instructions from the boys’ lawyer.
However, he said from the previous adjournment he understood it was adjourned to today (June 23) for their lawyer to get instructions from them regarding the agreed facts.
Magistrate Michael Fagani therefore adjourned the matter to June 30 at 1.30pm.
He also ordered the defence to take instructions from the two accused before their next appearance so as to speed up the case and allow the juveniles to return to school.
The incident in this matter occurred on 24 November 2021 at around 11.30pm at Kukum, Honiara.
The prosecution alleged that police attended to a report of crowds of people grouping together at the Kukum-Mbua Valley road junction just opposite the Florence Young School.
As police responded to some of the crowd members, they saw the defendants tried to escape from them.
However, they were apprehended on the road behind the Kwaimani building in Kukum.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN