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In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

08 October 2019

* Warrant of arrest for father who bit 2 yr old son

* Man fined $300 for drinking in public

* Bail ruling for Ngadea today

Warrant of arrest for father who bit 2 yr old son


A WARRANT of arrest has been issued yesterday for the man accused of biting his son’s head.

This was after Charles Salven Dori who faces one count of cruelty to children did not appear in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Magistrate Ishmael Kekou issued the warrant of arrest following an application from the prosecution to issue a warrant for Dori for his absence.

The warrant of arrest will be reviewed on October 25.

Police in the meantime will be on the look-out for Dori to have him arrested and brought to the court to be dealt with.

Dori is being charged in relation to an allegation on 24 August 2019 at Valesala village in Tina area, Central Guadalcanal.

Prosecution alleged Dori bit the side of his two year-old son’s head when he was allegedly under the influence of liquor.

This allegedly occurred after he took his son out from his son’s grandmother who was carrying him.

Earlier, the accused who was allegedly under the influence of liquor came and carried his son who was sleeping at their house.

He allegedly carried his son and then mentioned that is his only son whom he will die with.

The toddler was then taken out of the accused by the toddler’s grandmother

However, following a confrontation between the accused and the alleged victim’s grandparents, the accused managed to get hold of his son.

He then allegedly bit his son’s head just above his left ear.

The mother of the toddler after she told her mother to get the toddler out of the accused then allegedly hid under a table out of fear.

The alleged victim was taken to the National Referral Hospital for treatment and the accused was arrested the next day. 

Public Solicitor’s lawyer Bobby Harunari represents Dori while appearing for the Crown is Police Prosecutor Lyndon Adifaka.


Man fined $300 for drinking in public


A MAN who confessed to consuming alcohol in a public place has been fined $300 yesterday in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court.

Samuel Sava, 23, who pleaded guilty to one count of consuming liquor in a public place, has until October 21 to pay up his fine.

Failure to pay up his fine will result in a 20 day imprisonment.

Magistrate Ishmael Kekou imposed $500 and later reduced $200 to reflect Sava’s mitigating factor.

Sava had apologised to the court for his actions and added what he did was wrong, during mitigation.

Kekou said the sentence imposed is one of deterrence to send message to Sava and other like minded offenders from committing such offences.

A police officer caught Sava drinking a can of beer on the road close to the Barak Shop at Bahai, Honiara on 20 September 2019.

The officer then escorted Sava to the Honiara Central Police Station where he was formally arrested and charged with consuming liquor in a public place.

The maximum penalty for this offence is a fine of $2,000.

Sava represented himself in court while Police Prosecutor Iete Tebakota appeared for the Crown.


Bail ruling for Ngadea today


RULING into the second bail application made for the man facing multiple false pretence charges amounting to $53,000 has been deferred to today.

Sam Ngedea, 45, appeared in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court yesterday and his matter was further adjourned to today.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Ricky Iomea had the matter adjourned to today for the ruling of the second bail application.

Ngedea’s first bail application in August was refused by Iomea in August on the ground of interference with witnesses.

This was after he considered a statement made by a police officer who claimed Ngedea during the period of the alleged offending threatened the complainant on several occasions through phone calls.

Ngedea is facing 53 counts of false pretences in relation to allegations between 3 December 2018 and 20 July 2019.

Prosecution alleged he lied to an elderly retired doctor and obtained $53,000 from him.

Ngedea allegedly collected the money on numerous occasions from the 78-year-old complainant at his motel in Honiara.

He claimed the money he collected were for compensation for the complainant trying to have sex with his mother, a Mary.

Prosecution also alleged he would on different occasions, used different names such as George Ben, John Lake and Peter.

According to the allegation, Ngedea made an arrangement with a woman to meet the complainant.

It was few days after a woman who identified herself as Mary went to see the complainant that Ngedea allegedly started to call and threatened the complainant for money.

Over a period of time, the accused collected a total of about $53,000 from the complainant that he claimed for compensation and settlement of the matter outside of court.

The accused also obtain money from the complainant to assist him travel to New Zealand, and for boat repair.

As a result of this incident, the complainant’s business was bankrupt resulting in him leasing his property.

Public Prosecutor Steward Tonowane is appearing for the Crown on this matter.