THE man who faced charges for the death of three people during the height of the ethnic tension in 2003 has been acquitted.
This was after the court found no evidence against John Meti yesterday during a short form preliminary inquiry.
After going through the committal papers, Principal Magistrate found no evidence to sustain the murder charges therefore had him acquitted.
Meti is now freed from the three charges of murder against him.
Police alleged the deceased men were murdered on 27 May 2003 at Pite area, at Weathercoast in south Guadalcanal.
Prosecution alleged that Meti and former Guadalcanal warlord Harold Keke having suspected the three deceased of joining the joint police operation forcibly led them to Pite.
The three deceased were allegedly murdered there and buried at the beach.
Keke is currently serving his life term for these murder offences.
Michael Holara represented Meti while Public Prosecutor Bradley Dalipanda represented the Crown.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN