5 Feb 2005

Four more witnesses heard at trial of ex-Solomons militant Keke

7:10 am on 5 February 2005

The trial of the former Solomons militant Harold Keke for murder has heard from four more witnesses.

Keke, along with his associates Ronnie Cawa and Francis Lela, is charged with the murder of the cabinet minister Augustine Geve on the Weathercoast of Guadalcanal on the 20th of August 2002.

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports all witnesses testified to a meeting at Raeavu village the day before the murder, where Keke wasn't armed, but a boy with him at the meeting had a gun.

The High Court in Honiara heard that after the meeting at Raeavu, Keke told Father Geve to get his brief case from his brother's house, after which some of Keke's men went with Father Geve to get it.

All four told the court yesterday they had seen Father Geve's body when it was brought to Raeavu from Haliatu village, where they say he was killed.

The prosecution witness Barnabas To'o, who's a carpenter, said he had helped clean sand from the body of Father Geve.

The trial has been adjourned to Monday.