26 Feb 2007

Trial resumes in Solomons of two accused of murdering Australian officer

11:30 am on 26 February 2007

Two former Solomon Islands militants are due back in a Honiara court today on charges of murdering the Australian Protective Services Officer, Adam Dunning, in a sniper ambush.

The murder trial in the High Court is believed to be the biggest ever conducted in the Solomons.

James Tatau and John Hen Ome are charged with murdering the 26-year-old officer on December 22, 2004, with a high-powered rifle while he was on a routine night-time vehicle patrol in Honiara.

The AAP news agency says the pair also are charged with the attempted murder of Dunning's patrol partner.

The prosecution is due to wind up its case before Judge Edwin Goldsbrough within a fortnight, after calling around 130 witnesses since the trial began last October.