A MAN accused of breaking into a room at the King Solomon Hotel in Honiara and allegedly raped a girl last year is ready to take his plea.
His lawyer Clifton Ruele from Public Solicitors’ Office on Wednesday confirmed to the court his client Michael Wanman Meke is ready to take his plea.
A short form preliminary inquiry was elected to be conducted on his case.
Principal Magistrate Augustine Aulanga however, raised an issue in relation to one of the charges against the accused and therefore further adjourned the matter to today.
He made the adjournment to give time to the prosecution to consider the particulars of the house break-in charge laid against Meke.
Meke is facing one count of house break-in and one count of rape.
He was accused of raping the girl in one of the rooms at the Hotel at 4am on August 21 last year when he broke into a room.
The girl was asleep on her bed when the Meke allegedly entered the room and threatened her with a screw driver he took from a drawer in that room before allegedly raping her.
Prosecution alleged that the accused first went to room 109 but was disturbed by the guest and he then moved on to room 304 where he broke into it.
During the rape, the girl reportedly struggled with the accused and managed to get into the kitchen where she took a knife and stabbed Meke on his face.
She then struggled to get into the bathroom where she shouted for help.
The securities at the hotel came and call the police who came and arrested the accused.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN