6 Aug 2008

Solomons police to take fresh approach in bid to re-capture Weather Coast fugitive

1:13 pm on 6 August 2008

Solomon Islands acting Police Commissioner, Peter Marshall, says different approaches are being considered on how to recapture a man wanted in connection with several murders on the Weather Coast of Guadalcanal.

Robert Tatava was arrested by police last week but escaped when villagers attacked the four arresting officers.

The police were pelted with stones as they waited for a helicopter to take them to Honiara, and fired warning shots to drive off their attackers.

Mr Marshall says it was an isolated incident and the officers were not hurt.

He says his operational staff will be coming up with a number of different approaches on how to find Mr Tatava and his colleagues.

"We could go in there en masse, in terms of personnel, that might be one option. Another option is to have a long look and close dialogue with the chiefs in the area and the communities. I have left it to the operational people, there is no rush from my point of view, and they will choose a time that is opportune to bring that person back into custody. But he will be apprehended, there is no question about that. It is just a matter of timing, but you have to take into account that this is an extremely rugged part of Guadalcanal."

Peter Marshall