TWO men accused of the murder of a man at West Honiara in June this year will be standing trial at the High Court in Honiara.
The accused are Joe Laumama Wale and Peter Wale.
Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika committed both men to stand trial at the High Court after committal hearing at the Central Magistrates court Wednesday this week..
Magistrate Seuika said he was satisfied after going through deposition submissions during the committal hearing to recommend both accused to stand trial in the High Court.
The depositions tendered by the prosecution included more than 10 prosecution witnesses’ statements, two record of interviews and an autopsy report from a doctor.
Magistrate Seuika said having gone through evidences produced to the court in the depositions the court was satisfied to commit them stand trial for murder at the High Court.
“I now committed you both to stand trial in the High Court on a date to be fixed by the registrar of the High Court.”Mr. Seuika said.
Both men are jointly charged for murder.
This was in relation to an alleged incident which occurred at the National Provident Fund recreational area,opposite Town Ground Honiara in the late evening of June 14th, 2015.
It was alleged that the deceased who was among those attending a family fundraising function at the venue at the time had an argument with a man named Dominic Lasu.
It was alleged that following the argument , the deceased left Lasu and mingled into a leaf hut stage where a live-electronic band was entertaining the attendants of the function.
It was alleged the two accused confronted and physically assaulted him until he fell on the floor.
He was then rushed to the National Referral Hospital where he was alleged to have later died.
Michael Holara and Resly Brook of Public Solicitor’s Office represented the two accused while Public Prosecutor Margaret Suifa’asia appeared for the Crown.