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Solomon Islands Police in Malaita arrest six suspects on simple larceny allegation

Police in Malaita Province have thanked community leaders in Small Malaita for their assistance in the arrest of six suspects following allegations of a simple larceny (stealing) of a pig.

“There has been a long dispute between the Haupeipei and Uluwepu tribal groups but this was recently stirred up again following an allegation of an incident of larceny of a pig worth $4,000.00 belonging to a member of the Haupeipei tribe. Police at Maka Police Post went to investigate but some members of the Uluwepu tribe at Haukesi Village did not want to cooperate,” says Supervising Provincial Police Commander, Malaita Province, Superintendent Timothy Apaesi

“It was after threats from members of the Uluwepu tribe to members of the Haupeipei tribe as well as on the police officer who was there to investigate the larceny incident that reinforcements were sent from Auki Police Station to assist,” says Superintendent Apaesi.

He explains: “Following investigations by the police team together with assistance from local chiefs six suspects of the Uluwepu tribal group surrendered to the police on 28 February. The stolen pig was also found alive.”

“I want to thank the local chiefs in the area for assisting the police which led to the surrender of the six suspects. Police cannot do its work alone. We need the assistance of the communities including the chiefs. The outcome of this investigation is a good example of a good outcome with the community work together with the police,” says PPC Apaesi.

The Police team, which is now back at the Maka Police Post, will continue with their investigations including the interviewing of the six suspects that surrendered as well as other witnesses.

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