The 13th Judicial Circuit Court in Kakata, Margibi County, has sentenced two persons to death by hanging and 50 years imprisonment, respectively, following a unanimous guilty verdict handed down against the men recently, Liberia News Agency Margibi County Correspondent, Richard Baysah reports.
He said defendant Garpue Gayeezon, 54, and co-defendant Arthur Wakai, 55, committed the crime of murder, a felony of the first degree, after both of them collaborated on July 29, 2015, in their testimonies that they killed Peter Gaye, a resident in Doe-gboteh Town, Clarfia Clan, Mamba Kaba District, Margibi County, with a single barrel gun for loving to Wakai’s wife.
Defendant Gayeezon, according to the prosecution, killed Peter Gaye because he was hired by codefendant Arthur Wakai for L$10,000 to carry out the ‘operation,’ but only advanced him L$1,500.
Defendant Wakai had accused the late Gaye of loving to his (Wakai) wife, but said Gaye refused to stop despite Wakai complaining about his actions to elders of the town.
The prosecution noted that after defendant Gayeezon received the L$1,500, he shot the deceased using a long range, single barrel gun, while Gaye was in the swamp looking after his basket. He did the shooting in the presence of co-defendant Arthur Wakai, who commended him for the job well done, prosecution said.
Two state witnesses testified that defendant Gayeezon and co-defendant Wakai confessed before a council of elders in the clan, and in their voluntary statements to the police, that they committed the ‘evil and barbaric act of murder against the Peter Gaye.’
Although, the defendants pleaded not guilty during their indictment, the prosecution provided two state witnesses along with three unused shots and the gun they used to kill Peter Gaye.
During final argument, the defense counsel waived arguments in the case thereby confirming all materials as well as human witnesses to be correct as presented by prosecution during the entire trial.
The defendants were represented by Margibi county public defender, Attorney M. Klon Nyangbe, Jr., while the state was represented by the Acting Margibi County Attorney, Isaac L. George, Jr.