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Auki murder case adjourned for next week

PRINCIPAL Magistrate Augustine Aulanga has adjourned the case against four men charged with murder at the Gwaunaruu area in 2015 to Wednesday next week.

The court was told yesterday that a long form preliminary inquiry was conducted on the case and the only outstanding issue into the matter was for the continuation of two defence witnesses to testify during the inquiry.

Principal Magistrate Augustine Aulanga said there were huge amount of evidence called already and if counsels agree, he will make his ruling based on the evidence and documents that are already before the court.

Meanwhile, Anderson Kesaka who represents one of the accused agrees with what the court suggests but wants to make an oral submission before the court delivers the ruling.

The matter was then adjourned to Wednesday and requests the appearance of all defence lawyers before the court.

Robert Jeeney Ete, Luciano Laukasi, Bernard Lagate’e and Milton Maelikini are each charged with one count of murder.

The prosecution alleged that the incident occurred between August 17 and August 18, 2015 at the Sea Sound area, Gwaunaru’u.

Allegation said the deceased’s body was found near the Bmobile tower at Auki.

Mr Kesaka is representing Ete, Fugui represents Laukasi while Public Solicitor Henry Kausimae and Ben Alasia represent Lagate’e and Maelikini.

Public Prosecutor Bradley Dalipanda is prosecuting.

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