American Citizen Who Attempted Murdering Liberian Woman Released On Bail
Judge Roosevelt Z. Willie of Criminal Court “A” at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia has released on bail an American who recently attempted to kill a young Liberian girl.
The court had earlier denied the suspect a criminal appearance bail bond based on the absence of human sureties along with necessary documents.
The Judge on Thursday, October, 13, 2023 ruled that defendant Lucas Richards’ bail bond will not be granted until all his requirements are met which should include three human sureties, a Liberian with eminence besides his bond that will stand for him.
Judge Willie stated that the homes of human sureties will be visited by court sheriffs to know whether they are the owners of the property and bring recent photos of where they work.
Judge Willie adjudged that defendant Richards should surrender his passport and all travelling documents to the court that a Ne-Exit-Republica Writ will be issued to the Liberia Immigration Services wherein they will be commanded that the defendant will not depart Liberia while the trial is being mitigated.
According to him, once the defendant is qualified by producing the necessary requirements, he will be granted bail and required to sign twice a week (Monday and Thursday) in the attendance book of the court.
The Judge said failure for Defendant Richards to report on one of these days, he will be arrested and incarcerated at the Monrovia Central Prison until the case is concluded.
“Let it also be stated that bail bond will not be granted to the defendant until all of these conditions are met by him. The court having said that, these proceedings are hereby concluded forthwith and as stated, a bail bond will not be granted to the defendant/movant until all these requirements are met,” Judge Willie maintained.
It can be recalled, police in Monrovia arrested, charged and sent to court an American for attempting to kill a young lady identified as Jessica Lloyd on September 14, 2023 in the Dixville area.
The Defendant has since been behind bars at the Monrovia Central Prison (South Beach) on charges of Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder and Aggravated Assault.
Police investigation revealed that on September 14, 2023, the suspect was arrested and charged for hitting Victim Jessica on the head with a heavy or blunt object which caused her to go unconscious, and subsequently used a sharp object (knife) to slash a portion of the victim’s throat in an attempt to kill her.
The police charge sheet said Suspect Richards double charges was based on the deep cut inflicted on the neck and back of the head of victim Lloyd which is in violation of chapter 10 and 14 respectively, sections 10.1 and 14.20 of the revised Penal Law of Liberia pending trial by a court of competent jurisdiction