Mother, Son Found Guilty of Murder

first_imgThe abstention of three of the 12 member jury of Criminal Court ‘A’ last week could not save Madam Kou Saye and her son Ziekal Gbokolo from being found guilty of killing Faith Gee.The incident took place in December 2014, in the 72nd Community, outside of Monrovia.The controversial decision came after the jury had stayed in their chamber deliberating for over two hours before returning with their verdict.Nine members of the jury informed the court that the defendants were guilty, while the remaining three abstained.Before the verdict, Judge Boima Kontoe told the jurors that they were required to “fully and carefully examine the testimonies and physical evidence to arrive at your verdict. It is your duty to discuss the case with each other in your deliberation to reach a verdict.”The case started when the prosecution alleged that in the early hours of a day in December 2014 in the 72nd Community in Paynesville, Faith Gee, also known as Bob Blue, was on his way from an all night church service, when co-defendant Saye and her son Gbokolo saw him and began to scream “Rogue! Rogue!” Later, the prosecution said, they attacked him with a 2 by 2 plank and cutlasses, inflicting several injuries on him from which he bled profusely and later died at a local clinic.Besides Madam Saye and her son, several others, including Arthur Kassay, John Moore, Andrew Kartay, Saah and Ma Ruth – who are still on the run – after hearing the noise, jumped out of their houses and began to assault Gee. Co-defendant Arthur used the back of a cutlass and slapped Faith twice on his back. He later dragged him to a basketball court, before the victim was picked up by other church members, who took him to a local hospital.Judge Kontoe has up to a week to announce their punishment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA Raphoe man who was described by a judge as a serial road traffic offender has been disqualified for failing to give a breath sample. Andrew Galbraith(54) of 28 Cathedral Hill, Raphoe pleaded guilty at Letterkenny District Court to drink driving at Cathedral Hill, Raphoe on July, 14th, 2013 and failing to sign an analysis statement at Letterkenny Garda Station on the same date. he also admitted giving a false name and address to gardai on the same date at Glenmaquinn, Convoy.Inspector David Kelly said Galbraith was stopped by gardaí after the report of a suspected drink driver at Glenmaquinn, Convoy. Gardaí who attended the scene observed a white van which was driving very slowly and swaying from side to side.Gardaí spoke to the driver and detected a strong smell of alcohol. He was arrested at 4.30 a.m.The court heard he was later abusive to gardaí at Letterkenny garda station.The court heard that he had previous convictions for driving without insurance and a previous conviction for drink driving.Solicitor Kieran Dillon said his client apologisied for his behaviour.He said the time had been a difficult one for the separated welder who finds being on his own difficult.Galbraith, he said, works in Northern Ireland and abroad and is actively seeking employment.Judge McLoughlin said Galbraith was a serial offender who has no respect for road traffic law. He was fined €650 and disqualified from driving for four years.‘SERIAL ROAD OFFENDER’ BANNED FOR FOUR YEARS was last modified: November 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtsnewslast_img read more