24 Sep 2013

New Solomons police commissioner involved in a car crash

1:26 pm on 24 September 2013

Solomon Islands media are reporting that the new police commissioner Peter Aoranisaka was involved in a car crash just hours after his appointment.

However, a police statement does not name Mr Aoranisaka and say an investigation is pending into a crash involving a senior officer on his way home in the early hours of Saturday.

The statement does not mention whether alcohol was involved but witnesses claim that the new commissioner had been celebrating his appointment and cheated death in the crash.

The statement says the officer is in good health and well at home.

Cabinet appointed Mr Aoranisaka to the top police job even though he was only third choice on the police commission's recommended short list of five.

Number one on the list was the former commissioner and Briton Frank Short.

The last permanent commissioner was also an Englishman, John Lansley, whose contract ended in May.

The police media spokesperson Spink Mahuta says it is not known when Mr Aoranisaka will be sworn in as the new commissioner.