The woman accused of murdering her new born baby in Temotu last year will appear again in the Honiara Magistrates Court Monday next week.
This is for prosecution to inform the court of its position on this matter following the completion of a doctor’s assessment of the accused.
The defence after receiving the psychological report done on the accused had it forwarded to the prosecution.
This is for prosecution to consider its position as to whether or not; the murder charge can be reduced to infanticide.
The defence has sought the reduction of the charge based on the state of mind of the accused during and after giving birth.
The young woman was accused of the death of her baby on 28 March last year at a village far off north from Santa Cruz.
She allegedly gave birth alone at home and was seen by a nurse later that day who confirmed the baby was fine.
The closest clinic is about five kilometers away.
Prosecution alleged that the following morning, the baby was found dead in bed with bruises found on the neck and face.
Henry Kausimae of Public Solicitor’s Office is representing the accused while Public Prosecutor Willy Vaiyu appeared on behalf of the Crown.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN