Two Brothers Accused Murdering Their ‘Host’ Found Guilty In Zwedru

From George Kayee/GNN-Liberia Correspondent In River Gee County/

The long awaited murder trial of Jerry Quiety, was brought to an end at the Seven (7) Judicial Circuit Court for Grand Gedeh County during this February A. D. 2017 Term of Court.

Defendant Jerry Quirety and his brother, Festus Quiety, allegedly killed their host, Mr. Wesseh Joloboh, on the deceased’s sugar cane farm, few miles from the provision town of Fish Town, River Gee County, on April 28, 2005 and reported themselves to the then Ethiopian UNMIL contingent there after news of Mr. Jolobeh Wesseh murdered shocked the nearly created county

They were then sent to Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County pending trial where they broke jail and fled into neighboring Ivory Coast, but were arrested and sent back to Grand Gedeh, where authority there returned them back to River Gee for trial.

However, because of the lack of prison facilities in the nearly created county and in spite of the crime been a capital offense, they were placed on bail and turned over to their Uncle, one Isaac Tolbert,

pending court trial. But they bail jumped and in spite of several assignments for the Murder trial made by the Fifteen Judicial Circuit for River Gee County. Their surety, Isaac Tolbert was arrested by the

Court and promised to go in search of the defendants, but failed to return to Fish Town since them.

After more than 10 years of been a fugitive from justice, co-defendant Jerry Quiety was re-arrested in the Sinoe County’s Sapo national Park after he was accused of allegedly wounding a man during a fist fight and brought to the provisional City of Greenville for trial, were a Greenville City Magistrate found out that he was one of the brothers that killed Mr. Wesseh in 2005. The magistrate immediately contacted the County Attorney for Sinoe and the County Attorney then contacted his colleague in River Gee County for authentication.

Jerry was brought to Fish Town for trial and during the May 2015 Term of Court his lawyers moved for venue changed to Grand Gedeh County.

During his arraignment, he pleaded not guilty to the 15 counts indictment and during trial of the case; the State produced a total of seven witnesses, including Mr. Jolobo Wesseh’s wife and daughter who traveled from Monrovia to testify during the murder trial.

At the conclusion of evidence from both parties, the Judge, His Honor James Gilayenneh, summarized the evidence and then charged the trial jurors who retired into their room of deliberations and returned a unanimous guilty verdict against Defendant Quiet. Sentencing is this Friday March 17, 2017

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL), including several other international organizations of journalists.