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Tamba Bockarie regains sight

Tamba Bockarie, the victim of alleged flogging by the spiritual head of the Fire Healing and Deliverance Ministry, the Reverend Girley Y.J. Brown and others, says he has regained his sight.

He made the pronouncement Tuesday after complaining for several months that he went blind due to physical attacks allegedly suffered at the hands of Rev. Brown and others on accusation of theft.

Rev. Brown, who heads the Fire Healing and Deliverance Ministry at Bong Mines Bridge, Bushrod Island along with co-defendants William Brown, Papa Eze, Varney Kanneh and Patrick Morris are facing charges of aggravated and simple assaults.

A medical report released by the Redemption Hospital in the Borough of New Kru Town had said Tamba was treated for “Traumatic Coma,” which he suffered in acts of presumed mob violence.

The report signed by Keith Gray, Medical Doctor [and] Attending Medical Officer and approved by Medical Director Mohammed Sankoh, further said Tamba also suffered a bilateral loss of vision, for which he was referred to “Ophthalmologist.”

The report finally described Tamba as a known asthmatic, who is non-compliant to his medication and exacerbating factors. The case has been transferred from the New Kru Town Magisterial Court to the Temple of Justice in Monrovia for further investigation by Assistant County Attorney Tamba Gborie; no relations to the victim.

Vicitm Tamba had claimed that he was beaten and wounded by the accused to the point of losing his sight, over accusation that he had stolen their car tyre. But the complainant says he regained his sight on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at the New Kru Town Assembly of God Church on Bushrod Island.

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A communication dated July 8, 2014 says the county attorney office has written Rev. Brown, informing her that further investigation into the matter has been rescheduled for today, Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 3pm.

The county attorney had earlier told this paper that probe into the matter was pending until Tamba had undergone medical checkup which he said Rev. Brown had accepted to sponsor. But Rev. Brown denied ever accepting to sponsor Tamba’s medical checkup, saying “Go ahead and do what you are doing Sir; I don’t know about it.”

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