ERU Officer Gets Four-Year Jail Sentence

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ERU James Dumo, noted of playing with gun among people, is convicted of manslaughter in the death of Mildred Kumba Tamba.

— 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.

The late MIldred Kumba Tamba

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.

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  1. Dumo should have been sentenced for 20 years prison term. From the above account just perused, this criminal ERU offer’s action was intentional. He took away a life that will never exist again; it is against this backdrop I asserted that the criminal should have receive the above specificied years in prison!

  2. “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.“

    “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.“

    With all such history of “threatening people with his government-issued firearm. “ this CONVICT NOT VALUING HUMAN LIFE after negligently, recklessly, knowingly, and purposefully, shooting his girlfriend to death, a judge dares talk about “exercising justice with mercy,” when this murderer should FACE THE GALLOWS, or at least be given a sentence of LIFE INPRISONMENT, IS BOTH A DEFEAT AND A MOCKERY OF JUSTICE!

  3. As this James Dumo is none other but a mere supposedly former killer who may have been with one of their killing machines they saw as rebel or warring faction who found his way into the Executive Rapid Unit (ERU), its difficult to deduce that the high degree of leniency granted him by Judge Willie may have been influenced by his personal relationship with Capitol Hill…be it the Judiciary, the Legislative, or the Executive, branches of government.

    But what is in no way surprising here is that what is generally characteristic of judges on our continent is that whether their judgment is driven by incompetence, lack of integrity, or other limitations, in most cases their judgment is that they fail to take into account the truism that subjective elements should play no part in judicial reasoning., but rather a less abstract and a more realistic approach.

    So, yes, Concerned Liberian, I share your view in this direction that the judge did not do well in terms of his constitutional mandate regarding the dispensation of justice. The judge’s LENIENCY in this murder case failed to take into account customary practices and the circumstances(eg. a lawless habitual gun killer threatening convict deliberately murdering his girlfriend) occurring as in this case of HOMICIDE!

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