A CROWN witness is given evidence in a closed court in the trial of three men accused of killing a young diplomat in Honiara in 2012.
She testified in court on Wednesday and is now being cross-examined by the defence counsels.
The hearing was adjourned on Wednesday afternoon and will resume today before Justice Francis Mwanesalua.
The Director of Public Prosecution Ronald Bei Talasasa had made the application under section 64 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) and the reason for that application was for the safety of the witness.
This means that no one except for the court staff, lawyers, prosecutors and the accused persons are permitted to sit during her evidence.
In her evidence, she told the court of what she saw and who she saw during the incident.
She is one of the Crown’s few remaining witnesses.
The three accused Cecil Manu, Simon Peter Delemani and Peter Diau, all from Malaita are accused of the murder of Simon Fuo’o on the early hours of April 21, 2012 outside of the Honiara Central Market.
Fuo’o was on his way home with friends after night out when he was murdered.
He was attacked when he came out of his vehicle to confront a group of men who set up a road block outside of the market.
According to the Crown’s case Fuo’o’s killers used knives and hooks and inflicted multiple wounds on his head, mouth and back.
He died after losing a lot of blood.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN