Alleged rapist in the Solomon Islands to take plea

Honiara (Solomon Star): A MAN accused of raping a young woman at the Children’s Park in Honiara, Solomon Islands  last year will be taking his plea on April 9.

His lawyer will be taking instructions for plea in the meantime.

James Pado was charged with one count of rape, one count of escaping lawful custody and another of assaulting a police officer.

These were in relation to the allegations on the early hours of December 28, 2013 at the Children's park at Rove, West Honiara.

Prosecution alleged that at about 2am, Pado was drunk went to the Children's Park where he saw the alleged victim and her boyfriend there.

He allegedly chased the alleged victim's boyfriend before forcing the girl to a hill side where he raped her.

When police were alerted of the incident, they came and took Pado to the Central Watch House.

At the watch house, Pado tried to escape but he was chased and caught later at the Anthony Saru Building area at Point Cruz.

He was then taken to the central police station and whilst police searched Pado, he allegedly punched a police officer.

Sarah Karani of Public Solicitor's Office is representing Pado.

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