7 Feb 2005

Solomons prosecutors present new evidence to Keke murder trial

4:32 pm on 7 February 2005

The murder trial of former Solomon Islands militant, Harold Keke, was adjourned this morning, after the prosecution presented new evidence to the court.

The case, which is being heard at the High Court in Honiara, resumes again tomorrow.

Our correspondent in Honiara, Dorothy Wickham, reports.

"The witness, a fisherman from Reavu village, told the court this morning he also saw Father Geve's body on the beach on the 20th of August, where he helped carry it to his brother's house where they washed the body and dressed it. He also confirmed seeing massive bullet wounds in Father Geve's body. The case was adjourned till tomorrow because prosecution submitted new evidence, and the defence have asked for time to consult with new witnesses. Meanwhile, the prosecution told the judge today that four of its witnesses were still to be located, despite them already being served summons to appear in court. Police prosecution witnesses from Australia are expected to arrive in the country this week, and the Prime Minister Sir Allan Kemakeza will appear as witness in the trial on Thursday."