— For Killing Mildred Kumba Tamba in 2020
The presiding Judge of Criminal Court “A”, Roosevelt Z. Willie, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 sentenced James Dumo, an officer of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) to four years in jail.
It can be recalled that Officer Dumo, on June 27, 2020 shot and killed Ms. Tamba, his girlfriend, at View Point — a popular entertainment center in 72nd, Paynesville. He was in pre-trial detention until his recent sentence.
According to Judge Willie’s ruling, Dumo committed “Manslaughter” and as such, he will spend four years at the Monrovia Central Prison (South Beach).
Manslaughter is a crime of killing a human being without malice aforethought (premeditated) or otherwise in circumstances not amounting to murder.
Although it is the Court’s decision, reports have it that Dumo was emotional and reckless in handling and using firearms assigned to him, and that on many occasions prior to the evening he killed Mildred Tamba, he threatened people with his government-issued firearm. However, according to Justice Ministry officials, no one had filed an official complaint against Dumo for his alleged reckless behavior.
Before going to serve his pretrial detention, the ERU officer was charged with “Murder”, pending his full trial to determine his penalty for the death of Ms. Tamba, caused by the shooting he did.
Based on the length of convict Dumo’s existing detention at the Monrovia Central Prison, Judge Willie subtracted eight months from the four years; meaning the ERU Officer has three years and four months, effective as of the day of his sentence.
“While it is true that the Court will exercise justice with mercy, we do not know what it means by ‘forgive’ him because from what we understand, it is to allow him go free which this court cannot do but to exercise justice with mercy,” Judge Willie’s ruling said.
Defendant James Dumo was disrobed due to the incident, arraigned before the Monrovia City Court with a charge sheet alleging that, without being exposed to any imminent threat or danger, he pulled out his assigned pistol and discharged it.
According to the police charge, the bullet ricocheted (bounced) when it hit the edge of the concrete sidewalk at the View Point Community Entertainment Center in Paynesville, penetrated victim Mildred’s forehead, and resulted in her death.
Although Dumo legally possessed the gun, however, Police said he failed to abide by the safety guidelines or the four candid rules governing the use of firearm.
Detailed investigative report reveals that victim, Mildred, along with other friends, including the ERU Officer, were at a birthday party at the View Point Entertainment Center at about 1:00 a.m. when defendant Dumo, his girlfriend Kumba Tamba, one Randall and another man called Dashekie were walking ahead of victim Mildred Kumba Tamba and others a distance away.
The report said that Dumo allegedly began beating on his girlfriend Mildred, which prompted Randall and Dashekie’s intervention, telling the defendant to stop, which Dumo refused to do.
The Police charge sheet said the accused continued the assault on his girlfriend and he threw her into the drainage and then raised out his service arm and fired a round which then ricocheted after hitting the concrete sidewalk and penetrated Mildred’s forehead.
After shooting and killing Mildred Tamba, Dumo reportedly attempted to abscond (escape) from the crime scene, but he was attacked by an angry crowd who subdued him and took away the weapon as well as took him to the nearest Police Station.