A commercial truck allegedly involved in the duping of a Liberian business man two months ago has been transferred to the Supreme Court of Liberia.The blue and yellow commercial Scannia truck with license plate #TT-1317 owned by Mr. Ceebee Barshell, a representative aspirant of electoral district #4, was arrested and impounded by the Paynesville Magisterial Court on the charge of theft and misapplication of entrusted property.
The court, during its legal argument, said that due to the refusal of Mr. Barshell to pay into government revenue an amount of US$3,000.00, it would auction the truck and cover the financial expenses of defendant Kingston Duwaty of the City of Paynesville.
Private prosecutor Duwaty, according to court document, was on January 19, 2015 robbed of twenty-one drums of gasoline valued at US$5,525.00, a drum of fuel oil valued at US$25,900 and empty drum estimated at 550LRD.
The truck was hired by the private prosecutor through defendants John Totage and Abu Kamara to transport the above mentioned goods to Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, but instead, it remained in Monrovia with the items, which disappeared while the complainant Totage was awaiting its arrival in Zwedru.
The court said that after loading the truck with the private prosecutor’s goods, the driver of the truck requested to go and pump or fix the car tyres before takeoff.
The court further disclosed that based on the request of the driver, the private prosecutor departed Monrovia with the anticipation of seeing his goods arrived in Zwedru, but unfortunately, the truck did not show-up in Grand Gedeh County thereby, prompting the complainant to alert the Liberia National Police (LNP) which later arrested the truck and one of the defendants, but without the goods.
The court then ordered Mr. Ceebee Barshell to pay the money through three installments: January 10, 2016, US$1,500.00; February 10, 2016, US$1,000.00, and March 10, 2016 US$500.00, respectively. But Mr. Barshell has allegedly refused to comply with the aforesaid stipulations.
Accordingly, the court transferred the truck to the Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice to be auctioned so that proceeds thereafter are used to pay for the goods of the private prosecutor.
However, lawyers representing the defendants told the court that they would take an appeal on the matter. Editing by Jonathan Browne