Sentencing submissions and mitigation on the matter of the three recaptured prisoners who escaped from Rove prison last December will be made in court on May 1.
This followed the guilty pleas entered by the trio Frank Firimolea, Dilo Faiga and Willie Olo on the charges of escaping lawful custody on a previous court date.
Their matter was mentioned recently in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court for an interim mention and further adjourned to May 1.
The trio escaped from the Correctional facility at Rove, Honiara on 15 December 2019.
They climbed over the heavily barbed wire security fence at the southern side towards the Honiara Botanical garden between 6pm and 9pm and escaped.
Soon after their escape police set up a task force called “Operation Hunt-Man” to hunt down these three escapees.
Convicted prisoner Willie Olo was the first to be recaptured in the early hours of January 17 at the LDA area at Betikama, East of Honiara.
Firimolea and Faiga were recaptured on February 15 in a RAV4 vehicle along the Burns Creek main road.
Olo was convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment on 9 December 2019 for an armed robbery incident on 23 August 2019 in Honiara.
Faiga and Firimolea were remanded for separate armed robbery charges.
Apart from the armed robbery charge, Firimolea is facing separate break-in charges.
Public Solicitor’s lawyers are representing the trio while the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is prosecuting.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN