An alleged robbery and rapist accused Samuel George, 27, on Friday reappeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and pleaded not guilty to the robbery charge.George denied the charge which stated that on 28 March, 2016 at East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, he robbed Evelyn Peters of one phone valued 00, and ,000 in cash.Bail was not refused by Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones after he informed the court that investigations into the robbery are complete and the file is ready, he however noted that the rape is still being investigated.George of Lot ‘A’ East Ruimveldt, made his first appearance earlier this month, when he dramatically entered court, while being transported by policemen, bitterly crying and shouting “ I am wrongfully accused..” .George was granted ,000 bail and will make his next court appearance on April 25.
GFA 1st Division League…Action in the Georgetown Football Association First Division League continued on Sunday with three close games.Black Pearl was the first team to register a win for the day in the second match of the day when they topped Blackwater 1-nil.A close game throughout, Samuel Van Dye 69th minute goal was the decider in the match that could have gone either way.However, the first match of the day proved a stalemate when Liliendaal Wolves and Houston Stars played to a 1-1 finish.Houston opened the scoring in the 23rd minute and tried to hold the forth but Wolves responded in the 69th minute with a goal from Conrad Saul.The final game of the day saw Order and Discipline topping Eastveldt 2-1 in a thrilling contest to end the day’s play.Order and Discipline after a shaky start netted the game’s first goal through a strike from Seon Taylor in the 33rd minute.Mase Assanah restored the confidence in Eastveldt as she scored just before halftime to put the teams back on level pegging in the 42nd minute.Five minute into the second half Clive Joan rocked the net for Order and Discipline in the 50th minute as the side held off Eastveldt for the three points.
2014 Christmas Eve vehicular death…can’t pay compensation and get off – presiding MagistrateBY SHEMUEL FANFAIRA West Bank Demerara man has been sentenced to jail for causing the 2014 Christmas Eve death ofDead: Khemawattie MohabirKhemawattie Mohabir.In a packed Wales Magistrate’s Court courtroom on Thursday, Magistrate Clive Nurse sentenced Kalim Mohamed to two years imprisonment for causing the death of Khemawattie Mohabir on December 24, 2014 by dangerous driving.Magistrate Nurse in reading out the sentence to the defendant noted that the court “pondered the scenario” of the $600,000 compensation that Mohamed gave the woman’s family. However, it was noted that the court was not satisfied as a life was lost. Nurse reasoned that the court cannot allow an impression to prevail that drivers can operate dangerously on the roadways, pay compensation and get off “scotch free”.“The wrong message is sent to society [if] you can drive dangerously on the road; pay a couple hundred thousand dollars and get of off free,” the Magistrate noted.The defendant’s lawyer requested that a jail term be suspended on the grounds that the $600,000 compensation had been paid. The Magistrate however maintained that once people are killed on the roadway, the perpetrators must “spend some time” behind bars, adding that sentencing will serve as a “deterrent” to future occurrences. Nevertheless, the compensation Mohamed paid was taken into consideration in relation to the amount of time the defendant would spend behind bars.Magistrate Nurse then outlined that the offence carries three to five years in jail but the defendant’s term was reduced. In the midst of light murmuring and mild gasps from those present in the courtroom, Mohamed was taken away into Police custody and will serve two years in prison.Khemawattie Mohabir, a 27-year-old mother of two, resided Lot 70 Vriesland, West Bank Demerara, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) at the time of her death. She died after she was struck while walking along a roadway near her home. Reports indicate that Mohabir suffered injuries to her neck and skull. It was also reported that Mohamed’s vehicle dragged the mother of two some 60 feet before it stopped.
The Coordinator of the Division of Child Labor at the Ministry of Labor, Patience S. Heah, has said the unavailability of budgetary allocation to implement programs to tackle child labor, is a major contributor to increased child Labor in Liberia.Madam Heah named the low capacity of social partners due to a lack of technical support and logistic, limited commitment of stakeholders and the lack of coordination among them as some of the other factors.She defined child labor as “work undertaken by children under the minimum working age as stipulated in national legislation in accordance with the ILO Convention 138 .”She made the statement Thursday, February 27, at the opening of a two-day interactive workshop for media professionals.The workshop, under the theme: “Reporting Children’s issue and Consequences of Child Labor and Abuse,” was held at the Monrovia Christian Fellowship Hall in Monrovia.Madam Heah stated that child labor instances are rampant across the country and that they primarily exist in the mining, agricultural, and informal sectors. She said that children are also used for illicit activities such as promotion of criminal activities and smuggling of narcotic substances.Discussing how the ministry would enforce the fight against child labor, Ms. Heah explained that the Labor Ministry is prepared to fight against child labor in the country: “We are going to work hard in fighting against child labor and make sure the children are taken off the streets. This task is difficult because there would be no proper care given to these children due to insufficient support from parents and guardians. In spite of this, we will continue to work towards solving the problem.”She defined a child as any person below the age of 18 years in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the child (UNCRC) and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of a child. It is also in line with ECOWAS child policy.Making reference to the ILO convention 182 she said, “Liberia ratified the ILO Convention 182 in June 2003, but is yet to ratify Convention 138. The knowledge base on child labor in Liberia is relatively weak and grass roots commitment to reduce child labor is poor.”Child Labor is viewed by many as something only taking place outside a child’s home, while the description and analysis of the incidence and nature of child labor in Liberia draws on data collected under the 2010 Labor Force Survey (LFS) as its main source.“The absence of a general prohibition of work is likely to harm the health, safety, and morals of children less than 18 years, as is the absence of a clear enforceable list which defines these types of work,” Ms. Heah concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
following his arrest on Saturday at Kurupakari Crossing, Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), wanted murder suspect Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander confessed to investigators that he killed his accomplice, Robin Maxwell Thomas.Alexander, 30, of Lot 129 Laing Avenue, West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was arrested and charged along with Thomas, 25, of Caneview Avenue, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, for the murder of businesswoman Shevon Gordon of Wismar, Linden, during a robbery on April 4, 2015.However, last December, the duo escaped from lawful custody at the Mackenzie Police Station. As such, the Police issued wanted bulletins for them. But after evading Police ranks for six months, Alexander was arrested in a vehicle at a checkpoint in the area.During interrogation over the past few days, the suspect confessed to investigators that he killed Thomas. ThisMurder suspect: Stafrei Hopkinson Alexanderwas confirmed by Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum, who stated that another murder case was also made out against the suspect after he confessed to another murder on Tuesday.According to details provided by Police sources, Alexander reportedly told detectives that he did not want his accomplice to implicate him in the murder of the businesswoman. The suspect disclosed that on the same day they escaped from custody, he dealt Thomas a fatal blow with a piece of wood to the back of his head. Alexander said he then dumped his accomplice’s body in the Demerara River in the vicinity of West Watooka, Wismar.The body was discovered some time later and was identified as Thomas’s via fingerprints.Meanwhile, the second murder Alexander confessed to occurred between February 9 and 12, 2015. Based upon information received, he killed Richard Remmington, 44, of Lot 19 Christianburg, Linden, at Cholomdely Hill, Wismar.Two persons, Winston Hinds and Owen Belfield, were already charged with Remmington’s murder when they implicated Alexander.Alexander is also facing other charges, including attempted murder and several counts of robbery under arms.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The government of Liberia has accused the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) of politicizing a statement regarding the annual registration of all Journalists in the country.Recently the Liberian government announced that it would shortly commence the annual registration of Journalists in line with 31.8b and section 31.8d of the New Executive Law of Liberia.Section 31.8d of the law gives the Ministry of Information Culture Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) the legal right, among other things, to register journalists in the country annually, according to Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs Isaac Jackson.But the PUL has described the registration by MICAT as a tactic designed by the government to undermine free press in the country.Addressing Journalists at the Information Ministry Monday, Minister Jackson reiterated that nothing will stop the government from instituting the required measures, despite criticism from the media.He accused the PUL of doing nothing against Journalists who ethically transgressed; noting that government cannot depend on the union to account for all Journalists in the country.Meanwhile, the government has introduced a new measure purportedly aimed at giving easy access to Journalists seeking information from Ebola Treatment Units in the country.Also addressing Journalists at the Information Ministry Monday, the head of Liberia’s Incident Management Team, Tolbert Nyensuah, said the new measure is intended to protect the privacy of patients in ETUs.Prior to the new measure, journalists were allowed to video tape and conduct interviews with patients in ETUs.In a separate development, Minister Nyenswah disclosed that an additional laboratory has been installed to speed up the testing of specimens from suspected Ebola patients.From June this year to the present, about four thousands three hundred (4,300) specimens have been tested and 55 percent have been proven to be Ebola positive.
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Kaymah, 24, lost several of her relatives to the deadly Ebola virus and has been courageously taking care of children who are also fighting to overcome the disease. At the center where the infected children are being isolated, Kaymah shared with us a very touching but bold story about losing her son in her arms to Ebola.It all began on July 16, 2014, when Kaymah’s father fell ill in the Caldwell community.“I was selling in Duport Road market. I had just brought goods worth over L$20,000. I received a call from my sister telling me that our dad was seriously sick. I didn’t have money to go right away due to the fact that I had spent all my money. So, I went there few days later to take care of my dad,” she struggled to explain.Unfortunately, Kaymah’s father passed away a day after her arrival; there were no hospitals available at the time to save his life. According to Kaymah, her family did what tradition has always identified when a loved one passes.“The men in my family bathed the body and we buried him,” she revealed.On the 30th of the same month, Kaymah’s niece passed away as well, the daughter of her brother who helped in bathing her father’s corpse.“What happened was, I carried my niece to a clinic called Mother and Child, which is located in Caldwell. When we got there, the owners of the place said they weren’t taking any patients. While standing in front of the clinic’s gate, the child died right in my hand. I carried the body back home, and we buried her,” Kaymah whispered sadly.What happened next in Kaymah’s life after her niece’s death she says will never be a blur in her memory for years to come. As the day passed on, Kaymah said she began to lose one relative after another; never once thinking their deaths were linked to the Ebola virus.“On August 7, Thursday morning under the pour of rain, my brother and my son died; and then my two sisters. All these people were at the burial of my relatives that had previously passed,” she agonized’“Though I fed my dad until he died I don’t think I contracted the virus from him. My son Foday Kadia, who was 10 died right on my lap. I’m sure I contracted Ebola from my son because I was his caretaker,” she tearfully remembered.Meanwhile, Kaymah says she never once thought Ebola was killing her family, her mother had finally fallen sick as well.“My son’s death really hurt me because he was my only child. I thought his death caused my mother and me to become ill from sadness. We were taking treatment at the house until I went into coma; my mother and I were rushed to Redemption and later taken to JFK,” she recalled.What happened next is an ordeal only the strongest can survive physically, mentally and emotionally. Kaymah feels it was only by the grace of God that she is alive to tell this story.“My mother and I spent almost one month in JFK. A test was done on us that showed we were positive with Ebola. I was in a coma still and was considered dead. According to the hospital, I was placed in a body bag, sprayed and taken away. Something happened with my reflexes that caused the hospital to place me back in the ward. I know it is GOD.”Kaymah survived Ebola, and since her release she has been stigmatized to no end. Those who once sold alongside her in the market now refuse to sit near her. In fact when she got back, all her goods had been stolen and was driven away by her peers.“As you can see now, I don’t have anything! Everything was burned. Now I volunteer in an isolation center for kids in hopes of coming across people who will help me,” she says.According to SOS International, the World Health Organization said that someone who recovers from Ebola is “in all likelihood” immune to the strain that they had once contracted.With Kaymah, she has been doing all she can to make sure that children suspected of having Ebola are taken care of: Even if it means coming back in contact with the Ebola virus.“I know I can’t catch Ebola again as I was told, and I trust that information. The children that I work with, I imagine them to be my own. I protect them with all of my heart. God gave me life, and I want to give life back to these children. If I can save someone’s life, I will do it.”She disclosed: “Recently, I was with one of the children that came down with Ebola and was taken to the ETU. Though I’m not supposed to do it, I searched for her until I found her inside. I took care of her as I did my son, catered to her, bathed her and spent over five hours with her. In fact, I didn’t leave her until she fell asleep. I hope for donations, money, clothes and something that will help me feel normal again, that’s all I hope for now.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Ganta Police Detail has confirmed the arrest at Ganta Immigration Checkpoint of two residents of Gbarnga, Bong County, with a large consignment of single barrel gunshots.Police identified the men as Smith G. Wuonaaneh and Sackor Swen, both Liberians. They were picked up over the weekend at the border checkpoint with Guinea. The two men were on board a vehicle, which had crossed over from Guinea, when they were apprehended by Liberian border guards.Police said that at least 1000 bullets were seized from both men. It is not yet clear what the suspects intended to do with the gunshots, our Nimba County correspondent said.But locals who were present at the time of the arrest said that they believe the gunshots were intended for hunting purposes.Single-barrel guns were used for animal hunting before the 14-year Liberian Civil War, which ended in 2003. But the use of these guns has since been banned and prohibited throughout the country.The two men allegedly brought the gunshots from neighboring Guinea, which has closed its borders with Liberia as a result of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).But ever since the closure of the border, there still exists secret cross-border activities in Ganta.The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials at the Ganta Immigration Check Point last month seized at least 14 cartons of single-barrel rounds, loaded onto a vehicle headed for Monrovia.William Fayah of the DEA told the Daily Observer that the gunshots were seized from a young Guinean–Liberian, Makoni Dorleh, who had entered Liberia at the Gbloryee Port #1 (a sub–port around Ganta’s main port of entry).Dorleh’s case was reportedly transferred to the headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP) in Monrovia. But up to present nothing has been heard of the case in Nimba, our correspondent says.The two men connected to the arrest are said to have been transferred to Sanniquellie for further investigation by police. Sanniquellie is the headquarters of the Nimba County local government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Wesley Jlue, the finance manager of the National Drug Service (NDS), found guilty after confessing that he and his boss, Beyan Johnson, diverted hundreds of thousands of United States dollars generated from the sale of drugs intended to fight against malaria, was last week sentenced to five years imprisonment.The money, Jlue claimed, was withdrawn from what he described as a” “facilitation account,” he and his boss jointly opened at the First International Bank (FIB) to process NDS’ customer discount and to settle other related expenses.Interestingly, the drugs were donated to the government by the Global Fund, the world’s largest financer of anti-AIDS, TB and Malaria programs, which is being managed by the NDS,“Jlue is sentenced to five years imprisonment immediately and is ordered to pay the amount of US$358,366.12 and LD$1,916,495.60,” Judge Yussif Kaba of Criminal Court ‘C” said. “Same represents double the gains derived from your criminal act.”Surprisingly, Jlue was charged with the commission of the crimes of theft of property and forgery, following a complaint by his boss, Johnson that he (Jlue) singlehandedly opened an account in the name of the institution, where he allegedly transferred hundreds of checks.Jlue’s prison sentence did not take place immediately as it was declared by the court, because his lawyers took serious exception to the ruling and announced an appeal before the Full Bench of the Supreme Court.Besides, the crimes are bailable offences under the law and he is also enjoying a criminal bond, as provided by the law.Granting his appeal, Judge Kaba declared, “exception noted and appeal being a matter of rights, it shall stall the enforcement of this matter.”His decision to appeal against the ruling stemmed from Judge Kaba’s action to deny his request to reverse the unanimous guilty verdict earlier brought against him by the petty jury.As part of that request, Jlue’s lawyers argued that the verdict was contrary to the weight of the evidence produced during the trial.They contended that the facilitation account opened at First International Bank (FIB) was based upon the instruction of the managing director, Beyan Johnson, to process customer discounts and to settle other related expenses, which, according to them, was ignored by the jury.They further argued that the money was only withdrawn by him upon authorization of his boss. However, his boss who brought the charge against him was vindicated from the charges.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)