30 Oct 2006

Two men accused of murdering Australian officer in Solomons to appear in High court in Honiara

11:58 am on 30 October 2006

Two men charged with murdering the Australian Protective Service officer, Adam Dunning ,in the Solomon Islands two years ago are due to appear for trial in the High Court in Honiara today.

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The 26-year-old officer from Canberra was shot in the back by a sniper while on a routine vehicle patrol with his partner in the Solomons capital in the early hours of December 22, 2004.

The AAP news agency says James Tatau and John Hen Ome are charged with Mr Dunning's murder and with the attempted murder of his patrol partner.

The trial also covers an allegedly connected anti-RAMSI shooting incident in October 2004, when a RAMSI police officer from Nauru received minor shrapnel wounds after he and his female Tongan colleague were shot at while on vehicle patrol in Honiara.

Mr Tatau is charged with two counts of attempted murder in relation to that attack along with three other men, Philip Kwaimani, John Ross and Barnabas Basiakalo.