Melanesian Brother attack – suspect released without charge

The Police in Honiara have told Pacific Beat they briefly held a man in relation to the attack made on two members of the Melanesian Brotherhood, but he has been released without charge.

Novice Jackson Lodo and another novice were walking to Tabalia from the capital Honiara when they were the victims of an unprovoked attack on the evening of Thursday 30 October.

Jackson was killed and his companion, a third year novice, was violently assaulted but managed to escape.

The Melanesian Brothers, or Tasiu, as they are known locally, are recognised peace-makers and local media had reported outrage in the community over the brother’s death.

The funeral for Jackson was held on November 1.

The Head Brother, Matthias Tovotasi, and primate of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia, Archbishop Philip Richardson, have both asked people to pray for the victims, the religious community and the victims’ families.

The Melanesian Brothers are an Anglican religious community based primarily in the Solomon Islands, but which is expanding into other parts of the world.

It was founded in in 1900 by a Ini Kopuria, a Solomon Islander, on the Island of Guadalcanal.

Listen to Interview with Alphonse Garimae, secretary with the Mother House of the Melanesian Brotherhood in Tabalia, West Guadalcanal.



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