3 Sentenced to Death by Hanging in Bassa

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The second Judicial Circuit Court in Grand Bassa County has sentenced three persons to death by hanging, having been convicted of killing one Nimely Tarr in August 2014 for ritualistic purpose. According to the court record, Samuel Targbehn, Emmanuel Juludoe and James Reeves extracted some of the deceased’s body parts, including the private organs. They are all residents of Paytoe Town in District #1, Grand Bassa County.

They were indicted for the crime of murder by the Grand Jury on March 2, 2015, for conspiring to commit the crime of murder in violation of Title 26, Chapter 14, and Section 14.1 of the Penal Law of Liberia.

The defendants had earlier received US$200 from an unidentified person in exchange for human parts.

According to the indictment, on August 9, 2014, the late Nimely Tarr left his Woe Town residence for Paytoe Town where he encountered the three men, who lured him to a nearby sugarcane farm and murdered him in cold blood.

In the indictment, it was read that while carrying on the act, one Omenga Zankpah saw the three convicts with a knife removing the late Tarr’s private organs and other parts of his body.

“When the defendants observed that Omega saw them in the act,” the indictment said, “they threatened to kill him as they did to the late Tarr if he ever told the news to anybody.”

But Omega was not cowed, but reported the incident to his brother-in-law, Daniel Ben, who eventually exposed what Omega witnessed in the bush involving the three convicted men.

During police investigation when the incident was reported to them, they mounted a search through which they arrested the accused, who later admitted seeing the deceased on that fateful day, but denied their involvement in his death.

In the court proceeding, the state produced seven witnesses including security personnel, Omega Zankpah, Daniel Ben and Junior Nimely Tarr Jr. among others.

The court’s ruling meanwhile said that during the trial the defendants admitted receiving US$200 to sell human parts, and this being a ritualistic practice, the court found the three guilty of the crime of murder. It was pronounced that the defendants should be executed by hanging in the graveyard of upper Buchanan between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The state was represented by Cllr. Samuel K. Jacob, while the defendants were represented by the County Public Defender, Cllr. Paul P. Jarvan, who took exception to the ruling, adding that they will take an appeal to the Supreme Court.

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