The ground of the Temple of Justice was, last Friday, a scene of shock and disbelief when family members and friends of Antoinette Nettie Peters disappointedly left her murder trial at Criminal Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice.The victim’s Ugandan UNMIL boyfriend, Bonfrer Adidee, in whose compound Nettie was stabbed to death, failed to show up to testify in the case.Nettie, as she was affectionately known, was allegedly murdered on January 3, 2013 by her private security guard, Jefferson Dahn. Dahn has since denied that he killed the victim.Adidee, who currently works with UNMIL’s Civil Affairs Section, was Subpoenaed by Criminal Court ‘A’ to appear before it and testified as state witness, last Friday.The decision was based on prosecution’s request to the Court, last Wednesday’s hearing for a “Subpoena Ad Testificandum” for a proper authority to liaise with UNMIL to ensure Adidee’s appearance on that day.Subpoena ad testificandum orders a person to testify before the ordering authority or face punishment.It can also request the testimony to be given by phone or in person.In that request, prosecution said Adidee currently works with UNMIL, and wants him to take the witness stand on behalf of government in the proceedings.That request was granted by the court and the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) was instructed to supervise Adidee’s appearance last Friday.Surprisingly, at Friday’s hearing Adidee did not show-up in court as was ordered by Judge Blamo Dixon.Neither did the Court nor the State lawyers mention anything about his not-shown up during the entire trial on Friday.It can be recalled that authorities of UNMIL Thursday, May 22, in a communication to the Daily Observer clarified that Adidee, the victim’s boyfriend, has not left Liberia, leaving the entire case behind as had been reported in some quarters.The communication further clarified; “he continues to work with the Mission and is physically present in the country.”In addition, they said, at the time of the Daily Observer Wednesday, May 24  story titled ‘UNMIL Officer Fiancée’s Murder Case Begins,’ “the staff member was not summoned to appear before the Liberian court trying the alleged murder case.”They further stated in their communication, that they “collaborated with the Liberia National Police during the investigation stage of the case and stands ready to continue cooperating with authority in the proceedings related to the tragic incident.”Meanwhile, the two jury — Nathan Chea and Rachael Kun Suah — who were accused of allegedly communicating with defendant Jefferson Dahn’s family, were on Friday, May 23 removed from panel that is expected to assist Judge Blamo Dixon decide the case.The court’s decision follows prosecutors’ claimed that they saw jurors Chea and Suah at different locations communicating with defendant’s family members, praying the Court to conduct an immediate investigation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Baypolue Magisterial Court near Weala was burned by angry motorcyclists— Urges Gov’t to use CSDF to rebuild destroyed propertiesMargibi County Legislative Caucus has termed as barbaric, unacceptable and a flagrant violation of the law the violent incident that took place in Weala, Margibi County on Monday, April 1. The riots resulted in the destruction of the police depots in Weala and in Baypolue, the Baypolue Magisterial Court and several other privately-owned buildings as well as businesses in protest of the death of Moses Wolopaye, a 21-year-old motorcyclist.The secretary general of the Caucus, Rep. Ivar K. Jones (Margibi #2), informed journalists that the actions of the angry protesters are “reckless in disregard to the value of properties and human lives.” The caucus however extended regrets to the bereaved family.“We are exceedingly shocked by the mob violence, which took place in Weala Town, Margibi County early Monday, resulting to the burning of valuable properties including a magisterial court and privately-owned businesses,” Rep. Jones said on behalf of the caucus.“Our law does not support, sanction, or condone mob violence in any form and manner, as well as individuals or institutions taking the law into their hands. We therefore detest those actions,” he said.“In spite of the violence, we also want to extend our regrets and equally sympathize with the bereaved family of the late Moses Wolopaye,” Rep. Jones added.Meanwhile, the caucus has appealed to the government to rebuild the two police stations and the court with money allotted in the County Social Development Fund (CSDF).Rep. Jones warned against ‘trivial arguments among some residents which suggests that the government should use the CSDF to rebuild the two police stations and the magisterial court with urgency.The Margibi County lawmaker said such a decision can only be decided by the people of the county, and the choice cannot be made by the government.The county LINA correspondent on Monday reported that, besides the destruction of the two police stations and the Baypolu Magisterial Court, the motorcyclists also destroyed several other businesses, among them a building owned by local businessman, Stephen Tokpah, (alias ‘Park it Better’).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A biker is now dead and an elderly woman hospitalised following an accident on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) on Sunday.Dead: Naitram SankarDead is Naitram Sankar, called “Mice” of Agricola, Greater Georgetown, while the injured woman has been identified as 56-year-old Juliet Miller of Kilkenny Street, Queenstown, Essequibo Coast.The accident occurred about 13:00h on the Queenstown Public Road. At the time of the accident, Sankar was among a party of bikers riding on the Essequibo Coast.According to reports, Sankar was riding motorcycle CG 1530, proceeding south along the eastern carriageway of the road at a fast pace when he ended up on the western parapet and struck Miller.After hitting the pedestrian, Sankar then crashed into a utility pole on the parapet.Both the cyclist and the pedestrian were picked up by public-spirited citizens, including Sankar’s biker friends, and rushed to the Suddie Public Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Meanwhile, the pedestrian, who suffered a fractured left hip, was admitted for further treatment.The Police are investigating the accident.