Bougainvillean remanded for possessing firearm, live rounds

A MAN believed to be a Papua New Guinean (PNG) national has been remanded in custody yesterday by the Honiara Magistrate’s Court for allegedly possessing a rifle gun and live rounds.

Dilys Tulosoi of Bougainville has been charged with one count of possession of firearms and ammunition without licence.

Tulosoi was allegedly on his way to Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL area) on Tuesday (September 18) intending to sell the .22 Riffle and 20 Ammunition live rounds to a buyer there when police pulled his vehicle over at a market stall at Henderson area, East Honiara.

Police approached the vehicle and apprehended Tulosoi who was at that time in possession of the Riffle with two mobile phones.

Prosecution alleged that between 3pm and 7pm on that day, police following some intelligence reportly conducted a search for a .22 Riffle with 20 Ammunition live rounds intended for sale by the accused to a buyer at the Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL) area.

It was alleged that the accused who is believed to be a Bougainville and part New Ireland, resides with his brother at an area in Lungga.

According to police informant the .22 blot action riffle was kept under the custody of the accused’s relative from Bougainville.

It was further alleged that the riffle was handed over to the accused in Honiara.

The accused allegedly intended to go over to where he used to reside to get a Pump Action Riffle for sale at GPPOl but the plan, however, did not work out so he instead decided to go to GPPOL to sell the .22 Riffle instead.

Tulosoi is due in court again on October 4.

Public Prosecutor Bradley made the remand application before Principal Magistrate Tearo Beneteti who granted the application.


PM leaves for UN summit today
PRIME Minister Rick Hou
PRIME Minister Rick Hou

PRIME Minister Rick Hou will leave for the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Friday.

The UNGA will convene on Monday next week which the Prime Minister is expected to join other world leaders at the Opening Plenary.

The Prime Minister will also be delivering a statement at the Concordia Annual Summit; a Session on “Transforming vulnerable Small Islands toward greater economic resilience through innovative financing and strategic partnerships”.

Later on Monday evening, Mr Hou and his wife Rachel will also attend a reception hosted by United States President Donald Trump.

The Prime Minister will also briefly meet with President Trump during the reception.

On Tuesday Prime Minister Hou is invited to deliver a statement on strategies to eliminate Malaria in Solomon Islands and the Melanesian region.

Then on Thursday, he will also deliver another statement at the High-Level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases in the pacific region.

The Prime Minister will then deliver the country’s national statement at the UNGA on Friday.

Mr Hou will also be having several bilateral meetings at the margins of the UNGA.

Foreign Affairs Minister Milner Tozaka, who will also be accompanying the Prime Minister, will also be delivering statements on several high level dialogues.

Minister Tozaka will be attending and delivering a statement at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, Climate Change and Security Dialogues and other meetings.

The Prime Minister and his delegation will return from New York on the 29th September.

In his absence Deputy PM and Finance Minister Manasseh Sogavare is expected to be the Acting PM.