THE case of the two men accused of the murder of a young man found floating at Lungga Creek, East of Honiara has been further adjourned to May 4.
This is to give time for prosecution to prepare and serve the disclosures on this case to the defence counsel.
Principal Magistrate Ricky Iomea ordered prosecution to prepare and serve the disclosures to the defence by 4pm yesterday.
He urged prosecution to talk with the defence in relation to the disclosures, saying it is prosecution’s obligation to serve the disclosures so that the matter can be further progressed and committed to the High Court.
Mark Nalua and BanabusMwema from Temotu are jointly charged with murder in relation to the allegation on the night of 22 March 2015 near the Lungga seaside, East of Honiara.
The deceased, a young lad from Western Province and his girlfriend, attended the sis dance (night dance) at Lungga seaside at around 10pm.
Whilst there, prosecution alleged that the deceased and his girlfriend met, and had conversations with the two accused at certain times.
At one point, prosecution alleged Nalua had an argument with the deceased’s girlfriend.
Not long after, the deceased and his girlfriend left the sisi dance and went away from the dance area to have a chat in a bush near a creek, not far from the sisi dance venue.
Prosecution alleged that Mwema watched the deceased and his girlfriend went into the bush.
Whilst in there, it was alleged the deceased and his girlfriend heard Nalua’s voice coming into the bush and then attacked the deceased.
According to the allegation, Nalua had a piece of stick, which he used to whip the back of the deceased’s head.
The deceased fell on to the ground and Nalua then allegedly threatened the deceased’s girlfriend.
She however, escaped from Nalua.
On 10am the next day, the body of the deceased was found floating in the creek near the sisi dance by some people.
The duo were later arrested for the murder of the deceased on different dates in March.
According to court documents, police believed there was more than one person who moved the deceased’s body from the bush and into the creek.
Stanley Aupai and Sarah Karani of Public Solicitor’s Office are representing the accused men.
Prosecutor Maito’o Hauirae appeared for the state.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN