The Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice or TOJ in Monrovia has formally charged defendant Saah Joseph, a coconut seller, who allegedly sliced the throat of a private security officer to death in a tussle at Kebbeh Freeman Gas Station in Paynesville outside Monrovia.
The court has also charged another person in connection with the death of the private security officer identified James Beyan.
The culprits were apprehended by officers of the Zone 5 Deport 1 police station situated in Goba-chop community in Paynesville a day after the incident.
Dozens of marketers and ordinary members of the public who were going about their normal businesses ran helter-skelter when the accused reportedly stabbed the late private security guard James Beyan in the neck with a sharp knife, killing him instantly within the vicinity of Kebbeh Freeman Gas Station in Red Light, Paynesville outside Monrovia.
Dennis Marshall, an eyewitness, narrated to The New Dawn that the incident which occurred on Saturday, February 18, started when confusion ensued between the late private security guard and the suspect over disposal of garbage near the filling station.
According to Marshall, the deceased had on numerous occasions warned the suspect to stop dumping coconut dirt in the vicinity of the gas station, but he refused to adhere.
While acting on directive of the management of the gas station to prevent the defendant from throwing dirt at the premises, the defendant pulled out a long knife that he used to peel and open coconuts for customers, and plugged the throat of the deceased, causing him to die instantly.
The management of the Kebbeh Freeman Gas Station has told the court that the deceased was executing management directive when the defendant reportedly killed him.
The court is yet to provide details information about the second defendant, charged along with prime suspect Saah Joseph, but court sources told this paper that the second defendant aided Saah Joseph during the episode.
The court has not pronounced any date for the commencement of the trial, which is expected to be transferred to the Criminal Court ‘A’ for regular jurors trial of the case.
After killing the deceased, defendant Saah Joseph, who has no relations to Montaerrado Country electoral district #5 Representative Saah Joseph, reportedly fled the scene of the attack.
But he was subsequently arrested by state security officers while sitting with his wife in Paynesville.
The two suspects are currently being held at the Monrovia Central Prison Compound near United Nations Drive, awaiting further examination of the case.
Stabbing people with knife has become a tradition in most parts of Liberia where people engaged in confusion choose to use the dangerous instrument to either inflict wounds on their opponent or killed then in the process.
There are dozens of murdered cases languishing on court dockets in the country due to failure of the State to provide all necessary evidences that could empower the court to prosecute people linked to such criminal and gruesome acts.
Some defendants have spent between four and five years in prison at the Monrovia Correction Palace due to the volumes of murder cases.
Another problem associated with delay in the trial of murder cases points to the fact that the court cannot easily hire the services of qualified Liberians to serve as jurors in adjudicating cases.
Most people serving as jurors at various courts across the country consistently complained of low incentive or enumeration from government.
Jurors have also complained about the prolonged delay by government in the payment of prospective jurors after final judgments are rendered by the courts. Editing by Jonathan Browne