A MAN accused of the murder of his father at Gilbert Camp, Honiara last month, has been freed yesterday.
This was after Principal Magistrate Edwin Saramo acquitted James Hou, following insufficient evidence to link him with his father’s death.
He said according to the evidence, witnesses confirmed the deceased has a history of having fits.
The 23-year-old accused from Malaita was previously charged with the murder of his father on 16 March 2015 after a brief argument between them.
Police alleged that the incident occurred when the accused and his wife were arguing.
During their argument, Hou’s father allegedly intervened and argued with his son.
Police alleged the deceased took a stool and hit the wall with it and then challenged his son.
The accused at that time did not do anything but remain in his house.
It was later when he came out that he allegedly grabbed a stool but his elder sister and brother in-law took the stool away.
Police then alleged that at that time Hou’s elder sister and brother in-law were trying to calm down the deceased.
It was alleged that after that, the accused fell on to the ground.
Despite attempts to revive him he was unable to move.
He was taken to the National Referral Hospital where he was confirmed dead.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN