4 Nov 2008

Three houses in Solomon Islands burnt down following row

12:00 pm on 4 November 2008

The Police in Solomon Islands have confirmed around three houses were burnt to the ground over the weekend.

The houses belonged to Malaitan settlers in West Guadalcanal about a 30 minute drive from the capital Honiara.

Police say a dispute had risen among the settlers after a young man had defiled a young girl and caused a row between the settlers.

Police also say the fires were not caused by indigenous people of the area but by those within the settlers community.