LIBERIA: Six Truck Attendants On Trial For ‘Killing’ Passerby In Grand Gedeh County

His Honor George S. Wiles, Jr. Resident Circuit Judge

ZWEDRU (LINA) – A murder trial awaits six young men at the 7th Judicial Circuit Court in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, after the Magisterial Court conducted a preliminary hearing and, as due, transferred the case to the upper court on jurisdictional grounds.

At about midnight on August 31, 2019, defendants Lase Sandebe, Abu Keita, Abraham Keita, Musa Tarwalay, Sekou Tarwalay, and Mohammed Conde were indicted by prosecutors for allegedly beating to death one Johnny Barjibo, 34, in Tiahn Town, Grand Gedeh County, on the Ganta-Zwedru road corridor.

Two of them are said to be drivers of the commercial transport truck and the rest, conductors.

Onboard the truck with the plate number C-51165 that got stuck in the mud, the accused alleged the victim had gone to steal from the vehicle; labeled him a rogue and beat him to death, according to the indictment.

The act was criminal, intentional, and illogical to the peace and dignity of the Republic, it said.

Meanwhile., the defendants have been remanded at the National Palace of Corrections (NPC) on the outskirts of Zwedru until the Circuit Court is ready to call the case.

Police in the county were making moves to impound the blue and white truck which contains goods.

The deceased has since been buried after a 15-man coronary jury conducted examination on the body to determine cause of death.

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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) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.