THE type of preliminary inquiry to be conducted in the case of a man facing a murder charge will be confirmed on July 23.
Lawyer representing Alphy Manedetea on Wednesday said despite receiving full disclosures, the type of preliminary inquiry whether it will be short or long is not yet determined.
Wayne Ghemu of Public Solicitor’s Office sought a 14-day adjournment to allow that to happen.
Crown Prosecutor Willy Vaiyu made no objection to the adjournment as he said they have also received some disclosures from the police that they are yet to disclose.
Principal Magistrate Shepherd Lapo granted the adjournment and further remanded Manedetea in custody.
Manedetea is facing one count of murder.
Prosecution alleged that on November 11, 2010 Manedetea and his co-accused Stanley Gitoa attacked the deceased and threw heavy bricks and timbers on the deceased’s chest and ribs.
Earlier in the day, Manedetea had an argument with the deceased in a truck while on their way from the Guadalcanal Plain Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL) area to Tetere.
It was alleged the vehicle stopped and Manedetea and the deceased got out and went to a bottle shop at Tetere where they allegedly bought beer and were drinking in front of the bottle shop.
It was then alleged that Gitoa arrived at the scene and started attacking the deceased.
Manedetea allegedly join in and attacked the deceased before they both left the deceased’s lifeless body lying and returned home to their village at Mbinu.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN