Honiara accounts for most of the total arrests of 208 suspects over the festive season operations – that was also marred by allegations of two murder cases on Renbel and Guadalcanal Province.
Assistant Commissioner (AC) National Operations, Ms Evelyn Thugea Commander Police Operation Festivity told journalists this morning that most of the arrests were related to alcohol and traffic.
Honiara dominates the arrests with 83 whilst Western 36 and Guadalcanal 24 arrests, completing the top three. Makira recorded 15 with Central Islands Province 14, Malaita got one of its lowest records in recent time with just 11, Temotu 10, Isabel 8, Renbel 5 whilst Choiseul got the lowest of just two.
Meanwhile, Thugea confirmed that one foreigner from Malaysia was arrested on Renbel for the alleged murder of a local at a logging camp.
She said the suspect got into an argument with the deceased on New Year’s Day and they started to attack each other and as a result the latter got bruises to his body. He went home and died later.
The suspect had been transported to Honiara and was to appear in court today.
In another incident, a 21-year-old was also arrested following another fight that led to the death of another man at Komboli village east Guadalcanal on Christmas day.
Thugea said the two were driving and they started to argue over a community OBM bought by the MP for East Guadalcanal. As a result of the fight, the suspect held on to the throat of the deceased for more than a minute. The deceased then returned to his home and blood was seen coming out from his nose and ear. He was later pronounced death by health authorities in the area.