23 Feb 2016

Solomons cabinet minister charged with assault

8:43 am on 23 February 2016

Solomon Islands Minister of Communications and Aviation Peter Shanel Agovaka has appeared in court in Honiara on an assault charge.

Mr Agovaka has been charged with causing actual bodily harm after allegedly assaulting a man in his central Honiara home in 2013.

Police told the court, Mr Agovaka and his co-accused, Steven Wako, were involved in the attack over the cabinet minister's failure to pay for the construction of his house.

Another MP, and former minister, Augustine Auga, is also facing trial on assault and intimidation allegations.