A Family in the Solomon Islands demand $1m from police over custody death

THE FAMILY of a young man who died in police custody on New Year’s day are demanding $1 million from the police. Solomon Star reports. 

Ronisi David was arrested at Henderson’s cross-road on New Year’s night when police went there to attend to a road block.

He was found dead hours later in police custody.

Relatives said the late David was working at a nearby building as a security guard when police arrested him.

“He was innocent and was not responsible for the road block,” a close relative Badley Baega said.

Mr Baega said they met with the acting police commissioner Juanita Matanga and her executive on Tuesday, during which the police chief offered $80,000.

“We don’t agree with that amount,” Mr Baega said.

“Our demand is for the police to pay $1 million,” he insisted.

He said their demand is based on the following:
The deceased is innocent when apprehended at his work place as well as his residence.
Police use unnecessary force while no resistance is applied.
The deceased was a young lad, a qualified carpenter who is responsible for welfare of his immediate family.
The police operation to protect life and property turns out to be disastrous with the death of their dear son.
Uncle of the deceased, Jefferey Ramoga said it is in the best interest of law and order for the police to settle their claim as soon as possible.

The Solomon Star understands the Ministry of Police has already paid five shell money and $20,000 to family of the boy immediately after the New Year’s incident.

Solomon Star
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