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Equipment belonged to logging company

By Assumpta Piva HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Aug. 18, 2010) - A Malaita man accused of setting fire to bulldozers belonging to a timber company in Marovo, Western Province, will have his trial heard in Gizo.

John Makasi’s case will be transferred once his other two charges relating to offences allegedly committed in Honiara are dealt with in the Magistrate’s court.

The two charges were assault and resisting police arrest and producing kwaso [distilled homebrew].

Makasi absconded the first trial date fixed for hearing at Gizo.

Public prosecutor Jim Seuika has applied for the transfer but the presiding magistrate suggests the Honiara matters be dealt with first before the other case is moved to Gizo. He said the accused should be transferred immediately to Gizo for the court circuit early next month.

Mr. Seuika however, said he had no instructions on the two other charges.

Principal Magistrate Mekeo Gauli said since the prosecution has no files on the other two charges it is best that the matter be adjourned for Monday next week.

It is then that the court will decide on when to transfer the case.

Makasi was further remanded in custody.

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