TRIAL BEGAN IN HIGH COURT FOR 2012 MURDER OF LOCAL DIPLOMAT

The High Court of Solomon Islands. Photo credit: SIBC.

The High Court of Solomon Islands. Photo credit: SIBC.

Trial has began today at the High Court for three men accused of killing young diplomat Simon Fo’ou at the Central market in Honiara on April 2012.

The three men, Cecil Manu, Peter Delemani, and Peter Diau were present behind bars this morning.

A fourth defendant, John Tii earlier pleaded guilty to murder and was not present in Court.

The first witness to take the stand this morning, was the security guard on duty at the Central market the night of the killing.

He testified that two men forced their way into the front gate and one of them threw a coconut fruit at him.

They caught up with him in the office and one of them took a knife with a red handle and stabbed him.

The witness said he tried to defend himself and raised his hand, but the knife went through his hand.

He was able to say the name of the person who stabbed him. He said he heard a woman he was related to call out the name of the man who stabbed him that time.

The witness later escaped and took a taxi to the hospital.

The tragic incident shocked the country on the 21st of April 2012.

The victim Simon Fo’ou was a promising civil servant whose life was tragically taken away too soon.

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