Two brothers were killed in a murder incident in Malaita on Monday this week— stemming from a land dispute issue in the Manu area in East Fataleka.
Assistant Commissioner (AC) Crime and Intelligence Patricia Leta told journalists today the double murder was related to a land dispute issue in which the father of the two deceased had an argument with the suspect –the day before the murder incident over logs taken out from a disputed land.
The deceased brothers were sawing timbers for East Fataleka Constituency Projects and they were in a vehicle carrying the timbers together with the suspect when the incident happened
Leta said when the timbers were loaded onto the vehicle, the suspect, under the influence of liquor, attempted to chop one of the persons there but he missed the knife. So the suspect turned to the first deceased, one of the brothers, and cut his belly.
“Upon seeing what had happened, the deceased’s elder brother ran after the suspect who turned around and cut the elder brother (second deceased) on the neck and on his back,” Leta added.
Both were rushed to a nearby clinic but were pronounced dead by the nurses on arrival.
Police in Auki have arrested and charged a 20-year-old male suspect and was charged with murder contrary to section 200 of the Penal Code and will be remanded at Auki Correctional Centre to appear before Court on a later date
Leta says: “I would like to acknowledge the parents and relatives of the suspect to respect the rule of law where they voluntarily handed over the suspect to Police on 21 February 2023 and I would like to share my deepest condolence to the family of both the deceased for the loss of their sons.”
“I appeal to the families and relatives of the deceased to remain calm and allow Police to investigate