31 Aug 2015

Police arrest murder suspect on Malaita in Solomons

8:49 pm on 31 August 2015

Police in Solomon Islands have arrested and charged a 24 year old-male with murder after a death in the northern region of Malaita province.

The RSIPF central watch house in the capital Honiara.

The RSIPF central watch house in the capital Honiara. Photo: RNZI Koroi Hawkins

The incident which took place in the early hours of Sunday morning inflamed the dead man's relatives resulting in the burning down of around 30 houses in Kafoi'ilo, Sulufoloa and Faufanea villages in the Suava Bay area.

Solomon Islands Acting Police Commissioner Juanita Matanga says police in the province are working hard to calm the situation and she is appealing to all parties to avoid any further retaliation.

"Police are trying to mediate with both parties and the suspect has been surrendered to the police. The police are currently doing their investigation on that incident plus other associated investigations."

Juanita Matanga