The accused in the murder of Year 10 Montmartre student, Aicha Maccoe, has been committed to the Supreme Court for plea.

John Étienne Samuel will stand trial for plea next month.

Samuel is facing one count of premeditated intentional homicide, contrary to section 106 (b) of the Penal Code Act [CAP 135] and an additional alternative charge of attempted sexual intercourse without consent against 28, 89 (A), 90 and 91 of the Act.

The case primarily resumed for Preliminary Inquiry (PI) hearing on November 5, 2018 but the prosecution applied for more time to complete their investigation.

Samuel was charged for allegedly murdering his cousin, late Maccoe on October 10, 2018 at the Teouma Garden area before fleeing to Malekula, where police pursued him.

Police later said he used the name ‘Richard’ while he was on Malekula to cover his alleged offending because he was running from the authorities, but collaboration with the people of Returr and Vanbaur village in Malekula resulted in his apprehension and he was escorted to Port Vila.

Correctional Services Director Johnny Marango confirmed Samuel was on parole for sex related offences when he allegedly murdered Ms Maccoe.

Samuel is partly from Tongoa and New Caledonia, and claims to be adopted by a family on Malekula.