The court has set two days to hear evidences on the case of two men facing the murder of a man at Lungga, East Honiara early this year.
Two witnesses will be giving evidences in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court for the long form preliminary inquiry that was set down for August 3 and 4.
The preliminary inquiry date was fixed on Monday this week before Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi.
The two men accused of the murder of the young man whose body was found floating in the Lungga Creek on the morning of 23 March 2015 appeared briefly in court.
Mark Nalua and Banabus Mwema from Temotu Province were then further remanded in custody until next month for the committal hearing.
The two are each facing a murder charge in relation to the alleged incident on the night of 22 March 2015 near the Lungga seaside.
The deceased, a young lad from Western Province and his girlfriend, attended the sisi dance (night dance) at Lungga seaside at around 10pm.
Whilst there, prosecution alleged that the deceased and his girlfriend met and had conversations with the two accused at certain times during the night.
At one point, prosecution alleged Nalua had an argument with the deceased’s girlfriend.
Not long after, the deceased and his girlfriend left the sisi dance and went away from the dance area near a creek not far from the dance venue.
Prosecution alleged that Mwema watched the deceased and his girlfriend went into the nearby bush.
Whilst in there, it was alleged the deceased and his girlfriend heard Nalua’s voice coming into the bush. He allegedly attacked the deceased.
According to the allegation, Nalua had a piece of stick, which he used to whip the back of the deceased’s head.
The deceased fell on to the ground and Nalua then allegedly threatened the deceased’s girlfriend.
She however, escaped from Nalua.
On 10am the next day, the body of the deceased was found floating in the creek near the sisi dance by some people.
The two later arrested for the murder.
The two men are represented by the Public Solicitor Office while the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions represents the State.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN