Court stikes out murder charges against duo

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THE Central Committal Court has struck out the case of two men accused of killing an elderly man because police failed to complete their investigations.
Ronald Henao, 20, and Samson Henao, 30, from Rigo district in Central, were alleged to have attacked 65-year-old Korema Viritoga, by allegedly hitting him with a stone which resulted in his death on April 2 at Saroa village in Rigo.
Magistrate Ben Kome told the court last Tuesday that police had not done their investigations properly, particularly with the proper recording of witness statements.
“Police have failed to ensure the statements of the two main witnesses comply with Section 94 of the District Court Act,” Kome said.
The court also heard that the medical report had stated that Viritoga died from heart failure.
It was not specified whether the alleged injury caused by the stone had resulted in his death.
Kome told police prosecutor senior Constable George Vetari that police could lay new charges and complete their investigations properly.
Ronald and Samson will be refunded their bail money.
Police allege that there was an ongoing feud between the man’s family and the Henaos over customary land.

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