* Police search for missing man after dead body found near SSEC compound sea side
* Man charged for allegedly injuring wife in Makira
* Police in Makira-Ulawa Province investigate alleged rape of 5-year-old child
Police search for missing man after dead body found near SSEC compound sea side
Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force in Honiara are still searching for a missing man after recovering the body of a local woman who was found offshore near the South Sea Evangelical Church (SSEC) compound in Central Honiara this evening, 19 April 2018.
Honiara City Provincial Police Commander (PPC), Chief Superintendent Alfred Uiga says, “My Central Response Unit (CRU) officers along with PRT, Fire & Rescue and other officers from Honiara were deployed to the Tuvaruhu area to search for four missing people who may have been caught in rushing river water. This was after the body of a local woman was found offshore near the SSEC sea side.”
“It is believed that prior to the incident, the deceased was together with three men and another woman at the Tuvaruhu Water Fall area on leisure tour. Unfortunately the deceased was carried away by the strong running water of the Mataniko River after the heavy rain experienced late this afternoon,” says PPC Uiga.
He adds: “During the search, our officers were able to locate two of the men and one woman; all locals and they were taken to the Honiara National Referral Hospital for medical checks. One male is still missing and searches are ongoing.”
“At this stage, the cause of death of the women is not confirmed but it appears at this early stage she may have drowned in the river. Investigators and forensic officers attended the scene and the investigation is continuing,” says Chief Superintendent Uiga.
PPC Uiga says, “I appeal to members of the public in Honiara, more especially at Tuvaruhu area in Central Honiara to assist police with any information of the whereabouts of the male who is still missing.”
Man charged for allegedly injuring wife in Makira
A man in his 30’s has been remanded to appear before the Eastern Magistrate Court in Kirakira on 26 April 2018, on one count of grievous harm.
It is alleged the man attacked his wife on 29 March 2018 after a heated argument as the man was allegedly under the influence of alcohol.
The matter was reported to Kirakira police after which an investigation was carried out resulting in the arrest of the man on 13 April 2018.
Makira-Ulawa Provincial Police Commander (PPC), Superintendent Pete Sitai says, “The successful arrest of the man involved was possible through assistance from the public who came forward to the police with information.”
“Let me remind the good people of Makira-Ulawa Province, the alleged incident appeared to have been started from a domestic row which resulted in the injury of the woman’s jaw,” says PPC Sitai.
He adds: “We should not treat domestic issues as private matters any more but it’s a crime. I encourage people to report to police any similar incident that happens in our private homes. This is to prevent unwanted incidents occurring in our homes to ensure we have safer homes for all family members.”
“I call on married couples to always communicate with each for a better understanding of whatever issues to avoid heated up arguments that may result in injury of another person or both,” says Superintendent Sitai.
The affected woman has been receiving medical treatment at the Kirakira Hospital.
Police in Makira-Ulawa Province investigate alleged rape of 5-year-old child
Police in Kirakira, Makira-Ulawa Province are investigating an alleged rape of a 5-year-old child at Rurunga Village on Ugi Island on 12 April 2018.
Makira-Ulawa Provincial Police Commander (PPC), Superintendent Peter Sitai says, “So far no arrest has been made as police need more information about the alleged rape of the child.”
“The alleged rape of the child must be condemned in the strongest term, as an unacceptable act. A child below the age of 15 years is incapable of understanding the nature of the act and this means any act of a sexual nature whether there is consent obtained from the child, is a serious crime in law,” says PPC Sitai.
He adds: “I appeal to people on Ugi Island, more especially at Rurunga Village to come forward to police with any information that may help this investigation.”
Police at Kirakira Police Station can be contacted on phone number 50299 or 50136.