Trial Of Rape Suspect, Apostle Franklin Snorton ‘’Halted’ – Wesseh A. Wesseh Discloses
By: Christopher Wiah, GNN Correspondent in Margibi County*
The Assistant Minister for Litigation at the Ministry of Justice, Wesseh A. Wesseh has disclosed that the Ministry of Justice has filed a motion before the supreme Court halting any further trial of the case involving Apostle Franklin Snorton who was accused of raping a 21 years pregnant woman in Kakata.
Minister Wesseh made the disclosure via mobile from Monrovia on a local radio station in Kakata, and further said the pending hearing lies in the hands of the justice in Chambers and is slated for Monday January 10, 2022.
The decision of the Supreme Court of Liberia came followed Judge Yamie Gbesay, who is presiding over the 13th Judicial Circuit Court for the November Term granting bench trial to Apostle Snorton accused of raping a 21-year-old pregnant woman last year in Kakata without further notice to the party litigants.
Judge Gbesay has earlier denied the prosecutor’s plead for a change of trial venue owing to the public sediments surrounding the case in the county.
Judge Gbeisay has further threatened parole for the alleged rape perpetrator if the state failed to bring its witnesses to testify.
Meanwhile, a Private prosecutor who was hired by a local women’s rights group to help the state prosecutor recuse himself just a day before the purported trial began.
It can be recalled that on Friday August 20, 2021, Apostle Snorton was accused by a 21 years old pregnant woman of allegedly raping her after she was sent to his house by her grandmother to pay electrical bill.
According to the survival statement to police, defendant Franklin Snorton attempted solving the crime in avoiding disgrace and embarrassment, providing 400.00LD to her, made several telephone calls pleading, and at the same time made personal representation to her grandmother home insisted talking with her.
The police charge sheet also indicated that defendant Snoton admitted seeing her and also admitted that he made several calls because she told him she was cooking dried rice and wanted to eat some that’s how he contributed 400.00 LD towards the food.
The charge sheet also stated that defendant Snoton denied having sex with the survival but medical reports proved that the survival was tempered with.