THE man who allegedly mistreated and abused his family with violence and sexual abuses in Central Islands Province will appear in court on Monday next week.
That is when he is likely to enter his pleas to two counts of domestic violence, one count of cruelty to children and four counts of indecent assault.
The victims in these matters are his wife, young daughter and 15-month-old son.
His matter was listed in the Honiara Magistrate’s Court yesterday for possible plea.
However, he did not take his plea as all matters before Principal Magistrate, Fatima Taeburi, were administratively adjourned to Monday next week.
H.F allegedly indecently assaulted his young daughter on four occasions between 1 June and 10 October this year.
The prosecution alleged that he touched his daughter’s private body parts and breasts and also made offensive sexual comments to her on those four occasions.
H.F was allegedly under the influence of liquor on those occasions.
On the morning of 10 October this year, it was alleged H.K was also under the influence of liquor when he argued with his wife over money to buy him beer.
It was alleged that during the course of the argument, H.K managed to take the money and sent his daughter, who is the victim of the indecent assaults, to buy him beer at a liquor shop.
When his daughter returned, H.K allegedly made comments about killing all the family members, including his wife and his 15-month-old son.
H.K also allegedly cut his wife with a bush knife but she luckily missed it.
He then left to buy more beers.
Upon his return at night, he allegedly went and whipped his daughter for no reason at all and threatened to kill all his family.
He also went and took his 15-month-old son from their house and went to a leaf hut.
The wife, seeing her daughter and son were not safe, went to seek help from a Police Officer so he could contact the Tulagi Police.
She also asked the officer to go and get the baby from H.K which the officer did.
When the officer returned with the baby, the baby had human waste all over his body and mouth.
The baby’s mouth was also swollen.
She then reported the matter to Police, which result in her husband being arrested and charged for these offences.
BY ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN
Solomon Star, Honiara