Monday, 13 September 2010 9:22 AM

Marshall Urges Fugitive to Surrender

Head of the Royal Solomon Islands Police, Peter Marshall has called on a fugitive, Stanley Gitoa to give himself up.

Mr Gitoa, who is facing multiple murder charges with one Willie Manidetea, is believed to be seriously injured from a road accident last week.

Mr Gitoa and Mr Manidetea had escaped police custody during a compassionate leave at Tetere in early 2007. Both men were believed to have been involved in a road accident in the Balasuna area more than a week ago.

Because of serious injuries, Mr Manidetea voluntarily surrendered to police and was escorted to the National Referral Hospital last Tuesday.

Speaking at his weekly press conference, Police Commissioner Marshall says Police have information that Mr Gitoa was also seriously injured in the road accident and has appealed to the fugitive to give himself up to police and receive proper medical attention.

Police Commissioner Marshall also warned civilians they will face charges if they harbor Gitoa.

Willie Manidetea is a suspect in a 2001 killing of a 50 year old woman and three children; Stanley Gitoa is also wanted by police for murder-related offences.

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