12 Jan 2005

Solomons police arrest second man in connection with murder of Australian peacekeeper

12:03 pm on 12 January 2005

Police in Solomon Islands have arrested a second man in connection with the murder of Australian Adam Dunning last month in Honiara.

29-year-old James Tatau was arrested on Malaita Island yesterday morning by officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.

Announcing the arrest, the Commander of the Participating Police Force, Sandy Piesly, said it marks a significant advance in the investigation.

She however said Tatau is yet to be charged and is being questioned by police.

James Tatau is the second man arrested in connection to the killing: John Ome was arrested last month and is still in police custody.

Adam Dunning was killed while on routine patrol as a special protection officer within the Regional Assistance Mission.