Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force at Henderson Police Station have arrested and charged a male person in his 30s’ for the alleged murder of another male person at Peochakuri village in South Guadalcanal on 6 May 2022.
It was alleged that the accused and the deceased had an argument prior to the incident. The accused allegedly struck a hammer on the victim’s head and continued to punch the victim whilst he was on the ground. The victim sustained serious injuries.
The incident started with an argument in which the deceased was alleged to have attempted to rape his own daughter on several occasions prior to the murder incident.
The deceased was transported to the National Referral Hospital (NRH) for medical treatment after the incident but died on 16 May 2022 after eleven days in critical condition.
Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Guadalcanal Province Superintendent Ediwn Sevoa says the matter was reported at Henderson Police Station and the suspect was arrested on 19 May 2022 and placed in police custody.
The suspect was arrested and charged with murder contrary to section 200 of the Penal.
Sevoa says, “I would like to remind our good people in Guadalcanal Province that taking someone’s life is the worst thing one can do. We all face problems in our lives but it does not mean that we should take the law into our own hands and take someone’s life.”
He said community and church leaders were advised to handle such dispute issues and settle it at the community level, unless such dispute issues go out or seen to be out of their control then the issue can be brought to the police to avoid such sad incidents from happening.