A YOUNG man facing criminal offences in the Honiara Magistrate Court is still without a lawyer.
The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court he made a request to the Public Solicitor’s Office seeking legal representation but since then no lawyer has visited him.
Principle Magistrate Shepherd Lapo explained to the juvenile that there is shortage of manpower at the PSO and it will take time for a lawyer to see him.
He then adjourned the matter to September 18 to give time for a lawyer to see the accused.
The accused is currently in custody after he was arrested following a warrant of arrest issued for him.
This was after he failed to appear in court on a previous court hearing.
He is facing one count each of simple larceny, robbery and consuming liquor in a public place in relation to allegations in 2009 and last year.
Police alleged that he stole a power amp, a speaker from a car parked beside the road outside of the Sea King Restaurant.
He allegedly opened the locked doors using a wire.
In another incident, he robbed a man of his shoes and mobile phone after tricking him to help look for a group of boys who earlier attacked the man and his girlfriend.
The accused is known to the alleged victim’s girlfriend as they are both residing at the Mamanawata area, Honiara.
Police alleged that he and another two boys led the alleged victim to a field known as the Bobo play field and then allegedly robbed him.
The latest incident was that of consuming liquor at the Yacht Club area where police arrested the accused after seeing him drinking a can of whiskey cola premix.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN