10 Feb 2004

Two senior Solomons police officers given jail sentences for stealing

8:20 am on 10 February 2004

A magistrate in Solomon Islands has sentenced two senior police officers to two years in prison.

Inspector Rita Bennet and Sergeant Jeffrey Pasio were found guilty of stealing a government vehicle.

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation says the Principal Magistrate, Western, Leonard Maina, told the officers that they had breached their oaths to enforce law and order.

He said the two had taken advantage of the situation to serve themselves.

Mr Maina also commended the regional assistance mission, saying had they not intervened , Solomon Islands would have been torn to pieces by a few armed police officers and criminals