Montserrado County District # 8 Representative, Acarious Gray has taken several residents of his constituency to court, accusing “countless” number of young people from his district of booing him and stoning his official vehicle marked REP 32.
At least seven defendants from the district are facing multiple charges of rioting, aggravated assault, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident that allegedly happened on 22 October in the 12th Street Community of Sinkor, Monrovia.
Gray, who continues to grapple with a bitter relationship rooted between him and scores of young people from his district, complained to police here after protesters allegedly disrupted a meeting he was attending, as they demanded the meeting to stop on grounds that the chairperson of the community did not inform them about the forum.
Rep. Gray narrated to police how he and his invitees were forced to heed to the rioters’ demand to leave the scheduled meeting hall and met at a private home just few yards away, but this time around, he said a countless number of people had joined the riot and allegedly stoned his official vehicle.
Apparently under pressure from the persistent booing and demands by the rioters, the Congress for Democratic Change lawmaker, who prior to his election to the Liberian Legislature, masterminded violent street protests against the government, further complained that they ended the “sports” meeting at the private home and he was getting into his vehicle when the defendants, including Kelvin A. Volah, VarfeeQuayee and Ahimsa Kafia S. Kamara and others allegedly threw stones at his car.
He claims the rioters damaged portion of his vehicle, hung and bang on it, a tension that compelled him to have left behind one of his security guards in person of Jimmy Glezuu, who was allegedly assaulted by the crowd.
Rep. Gray said even when he drove to his 5th Street, Sinkorresidence, the rioters chased him there and exhibited similar action against him. A charge sheet from the police indicates that the defendants have denied their involvement in the alleged riot.
Those apprehended were sent to jail at the Monrovia Central Prison after appearing at the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice in.
By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Jonathan Browne