Taro Police have arrested a male suspect for burning a dwelling house at Sagasaga village Choiseul Province on 5 January.
Supervising Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Choiseul Province, Superintendent Elliot Ngili say the victim of the arson incident and his family moved from Sagasaga village to Patchuava village when they were being threatened for sorcery following the death of a female at Sagasaga village.
He said after the victim and his family escaped to Patchuava village, the suspect burnt down the dwelling house, which contained valuable items worth $4000 SBD.
The matter was reported at the Taro Police Station and officers attended and conducted investigation where the suspect was apprehended and was formally arrested.
The suspect was released on bail and will appear in Taro Magistrates’ Court on a later date.
“I call on both parties in the incident to refrain from any further unlawful actions and allow police to investigate the matter,” Ngili added.
“I appeal to members of the communities at Sagasaga who may have any information about the incident to come forward and supply the information to investigators at the Taro police station.”
“Arson is a serious offence, and it is not a solution to disputes. It deteriorates the livelihood of the people who are victims of such crime. Police call for people to respect each other in the community.” PPC Ngili emphasized