FATE of the three men accused of the brutal murder of the young diplomat outside of the Honiara Central Market in 2012, will be known in court on August 28.
This was after the prosecution and the defence presented their closing submissions before Justice Francis Mwanesalua, Friday.
Cecil Manu, Simon Peter Delemani, and Peter Diau have stood trial for the murder of Mr Simon Fuo.
The deceased Simon Fuo’ o was serving with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at that time of the alleged incident.
Prosecution has called a total of 13 prosecution witnesses who have testified in court while the three accused did not call evidences and have also chosen to remain silent.
A fourth accused, who is a 17-year-old juvenile, has however pleaded guilty to the offence and did not stand trial with his co-accused.
Sentencing submissions and mitigation on his case was made on Thursday in the High Court where prosecution asked for a life time sentence while the defence asked for a sentence less than life imprisonment.
The court will know on August 21, during the sentencing whether the juvenile will be sentenced under the Juvenile’s Offender Act or as an adult.
Fuo’o was attacked when he came out of his vehicle to confront a group of men who set up a road block outside of the market.
The accused allegedly stabbed him with knives and hooks and inflicted multiple wounds on his head, mouth and back of which he died of bleeding.
The incident occurred on the early hours of April 21, 2012 outside of the Honiara Central Market when Fuo’o was on his way home with friends after a night out.
Sarah Karani, Nigel Galo, George Gray, and Public Solicitor’s advisor Sevuloni Valenitabua represent the accused while State Prosecutor Miriam Manata and the Director of Public Prosecutions Ronald Bei Talasasa appeared for the Crown.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN