MURDER accused Edmond Sae has been committed to stand trial at the High Court, yesterday.
This followed a short form preliminary inquiry conducted into his case at the Rove prison before Principal Magistrate Augustine Aulanga.
Sae faces charges of escaping from police custody, two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, and two counts of purchasing, acquiring and possession of firearm and ammunition without licence.
The escaping from police custody relates to the Sae’s escape from Rove custody on 22 April 2003.
One of the murder charges and the attempted murder charge relate to an allegation on 30 April 2003 at Auki Police Station in Malaita, where a man in custody was shot dead, and another injured.
He allegedly committed those offences shortly after he escaped from police custody after his initial arrest for the murder of former police commissioner Sir Fredrick Soaki.
Sae was accused of gunning down the late Soaki on 10 February 2003 at Auki Motel in Malaita.
Sir Fredrick was attending a workshop with other participants on the demobilisation program for special constables.
The workshop was organised by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office.
Sae after escaping police custody evaded police arrest over the past 10 years and remained a wanted fugitive until his arrest in October last year.
Public Solicitor’s lawyer George Gray represents Sae while Public Prosecutor Florence Joel appeared for the Crown.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN