22 May 2017

Solomons' police arrest second murder suspect

7:51 pm on 22 May 2017

Police in Solomon Islands have arrested a second suspect in relation to the murder of a couple in their Honiara shop over Easter.

Solomon Islands Police officers at the official limited-rearmament ceremony marking the first time in 14 years that RSIPF officers gave been allowed to carry guns.

Solomon Islands Police officers at the official limited-rearmament ceremony marking the first time in 14 years that RSIPF officers gave been allowed to carry guns. Photo: Solomon Islands Police Media

The Comissioner, Matthew Varley, thanked the public for their support which led to the arrest of the suspect early on Sunday morning at his home in Fourere, North Malaita.

Earlier this month the local community was also instrumental in the capture of another suspect who is alleged to have been involved in the murders.

At his first court appearance hundreds lined the streets outside the Central Magistrates Court in Honiara to try and catch a glimpse of the suspect.

Police said the suspects were helping with their enquiries but had no further comment.

Last month, during a public protest over the murders the mayor of Honiara called for the reintroduction of the death penalty.

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