Gbarnga Journalist Killed for “Stealing Goat”

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Henry Tucker confessed that he shot the man who happened to be a journalist for attempting to steal a goat from his property

Murder suspect confesses

Henry Turker, a resident of Bong County, has admitted killing the late Chris Brown with his ‘single barrel gun’ on grounds that the deceased was caught stealing his goat early Thursday, October 29, 2020.

In his confession, Turker said he has observed that strange men usually go to his goat fence at night to steal. “I had 14 goats, but they stole all because I do not have security to look after my cattle during the night.”

Turker, in a live video, said while sleeping, he woke up at about 1:35 a.m. after noticing that light was flashing in his room. “I was wondering who was flashing light in my room at this time. So I decided to come out to see if it was in my fence.”

Knowing that thieves usually come at night to steal his goats, Tucker deduced that it was a criminal flashing light to carry out the same act.

It can be recalled that the Journalist was found dead with a bullet wound on his body, indicating that he was shot.

Henry said when he drew close to the fence, he asked who was in the fence, and the person answered that he was Moses.

According to the alleged perpetrator, he has a son whose name is Moses, something that compelled him to inquire further what he (Moses) was doing in the goat fence during this time of the night. After the question, Tucker said journalist Chris who had the goat dropped it hastily and jumped on the motorbike.

While trying to stop them, Tucker said one of the men who had a cutlass threatened to kill him if he stops them from leaving the farm.

With this threat and being one person facing two men, Tucker said it was when he discharged his firearm and shot journalist Chris.

The late Chris David Brown of Radio Paraclete

Chris did not die on the farm but along the Gbarnga-Lofa road.

John Felles Flomo, Crime Services Division Commander in Bong County, said Prince Garzeawolo, a notorious criminal, was arrested behind the Gbarnga central market admitting that he “and the late Chris went to steal goat on Mr. Tucker’s farm and while escaping, they were shot but the bullet hit Chris.”

Commander Flomo said after Prince’s Confession, they immediately rushed to Tucker’s house to arrest him.

“During an interview with Tucker, he voluntarily admitted committing the act,” said the CSD Commander, who disclosed that Henry has been charged with murder.

He further said that Prince, the notorious criminal, had been declared ‘wanted’ by police and, since he has been apprehended, he will be jailed.

Prior to his death, Chris worked for Radio Paraclete, a Catholic-run radio station in Gbarnga.

Chris is said to have been a motorcyclist who was involved in motorcycle transport while off duty in the day.

Chris Brown’s body was discovered Friday afternoon in Gbarnga by relatives and friends who went in search of him.

Chris’ death created fear and anger in journalists across Liberia and those in Gbarnga halted operations in a protest to compel the police to investigate and establish the cause of death and bring the perpetrator to justice.

With the circumstances surrounding the incident, journalists in Gbarnga who spoke with the Daily Observer yesterday said they were embarrassed to comment on the matter now.

Theft is one grave shortfall to be named on journalists in addition to other unethical issues such as receiving gratuity to compromise the profession. Many times Liberian journalists are accused by newsmakers of harassment for gratuity (popularly referred to as Kato). It may be recalled that during the Press Union of Liberia’s Congress last year, Grand Kru County Representative J. Fonati Koffa openly stated that many Liberian journalists intentionally blackmail people who do not give them a gratuity.

This conduct of many journalists have resulted in low public trust and confidence in the media in Liberia, and with the unfolding event about a journalist connected to stealing a goat, for which he was killed, there is no doubt that this may be a wake-up call for Liberian journalists to get their scruples together.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, a journalist serving as a get-away motorcyclist for a goat thief! LIB, please! This murder was initially blamed on mysterious government killers. Investigate before you write your story. Your reputation is on the line.

  2. this is the dumbest article. Killing journalists is one thing but killing a goat thief who happens to be a journalist is another.

  3. The death of the (🐐) goat-thief-journalist is very, very sad. I certainly wish Chris could have been apprehended without being shot to death. Something tells me that Prince’s story is not properly explained. There could be more to the story.

  4. Mr. Hney, do you know and have you proof that the 34-year old Journalist was indeed and truth a goat-thief? Just so you know, the allegation that the young man was shot and killed for stealing a goat, simply comes from his killer. It is reckless, irresponsible and naïve to believe and conclude that the journalist was shot and killed because he went to steal his killer’s goat.

    The reckless and irresponsible killing of another human being could constitute Murder or Manslaughter.

    Why has the County Attorney not indicted anyone? Liberia’s National Police has mixed amongst itself former REBELs and REBEL GENERALs turned Police Officers!1!!

    General Daniel Bracewell, General Augustine Nagbe (Gen POWER) General Ofori, and the list could go on!!!

  5. Cllr. Jayweh,
    It’s always a pleasure to interact with you! For some unknown reason, I laugh (not the James Davis laugh) when I read your comments/arguments. You’ve asked an important question. Your question deserves a measured response.

    Cllr Jayweh: Mr. Hney, do you know and have you proof that the 34-year old journalist was indeed and truth (fully) a goat-thief?

    Hney’s Response:- I have no proof. I didn’t accuse the dead man. In my post, I showed sympathy. In my view, Chris’s death is somehow mysterious. I made my point abundantly clear
    by saying that Prince may not have told a truthful story. Jayweh, I urge you to take a careful look at my third and final sentences.

    Furthermore, I didn’t display naivety neither did I show “heartlessness”. Rather, I became skeptical, and because of my skepticism, I stipulated unequivocally that the story of Chris’s “was not” fully or truthfully explained. All you have to do is re-read everything I wrote.

    Cllr. Jayweh: Why has the County Attorney not indicted him?
    Hney’s Response: I don’t know. To secure clarity and more information on this issue, please contact the County Attorney in that area.

    Finally, thanks for letting me know how the Liberian National Police behave. I do not support police misconduct.

  6. Mr. Hney, if you have not observed how I True Nationalist have to pound knowledge into ignoramus Jayweh on such areas as “EVIDENCE, REASONABLE DOUBT, AND UNREASONABLE DOUBT“ concepts far from that dull skull of Jayweh, you better don’t ever gallop into the mistake of digesting or believing anything from Frederick Jayweh as logical, intellectual, or academic, within the realm of law or within the judicial process in toto! Frederick Jayweh is an ignoramus when it comes to the law and the judicial process.

    And I true Nationalist shall ensure at all times that he does not mislead unsuspecting readers or commenters. What a clown going around with titles he does not have the intellectual nor the professional wherewithal to defend or represent. Jayweh, it is simply unfortunate for you that you have come on a site to brag about the judicial process, but you have met A TRUE NATIONALIST who is inter alia a Czar of criminal justice and the rule of law!

    For example, here he is asking you as to “Why has the County Attorney not indicted “Henry Tucker who confessed that he shot the man (Chris David) who happened to be a journalist for attempting to steal a goat from his property.“THE POLICE HAS CARRIED OUT ITS TASK ACCORDINGLY WHICH WERE INVESTIGATION, ARREST, AND BOOKING. And this is the same dummy Jayweh asking others about what they know about direct and or probative evidence.

    This dull boy fails to realize that despite the fact the principals in the first and second degrees of the crimes mentioned in the story (Henry Tucker and Prince Garzeawolo) have voluntarily admitted and confessed to their criminal culpabilities following the Police modus vivendi of investigation, arrest, and booking, the next stage is with the Prosecution and the Defense!

    And this entails INITIAL APPEARANCE, PRELIMINARY HEARING. It is at this stage the prosecutor or the county attorney may decide on indictment following the preliminary hearing with a judge who determines if there is sufficient evidence to hold the accused in police booking, or custody. And once this juncture has been dealt with by the prosecutor or the county attorney, the accused is indicted to stand trial.

    Following the above is THE ARRAINGMENT. During the ARRAINGMENT PHASE, the accused persons will be taken before a judge to hear the formal information or indictment read and they are asked to enter a plea while been notified of their rights, and their competence to stand trial, as counsel is appointed them if poverty on their part can be proved.

    As a ploy to distract readers from his chronic limitations, he is there ranting about “Liberia’s National Police has this and that“, when the Liberian National Police has excellently conducted its constitutional and statutory mandates of investigation, arrest, and booking with the apprehended voluntarily admitting and confessing to their individual criminal culpabilities.

  7. Well said Mr. True Nationalist! As far as I concerned, you’re a genuine patriot and indeed, a True Nationalist.

    Let us all move on!

  8. Mr. Hney, the 34-year old journalist was shot and killed apparently because he started and was actively engaged with the investigation of the County Development Fund belonging to Bong County. Like the Auditors targeted and murdered in the space of 8 days in Liberia, accordingly to the Daily Observer Newspaper, the young journalist might have been targeted, shot and killed because of his role in investigating and reporting the crime of Property Theft and Economic Sabotage committed against the people of Bong County.

    To officially coverup what appears to be an officially sponsored and officially fulfilled crime, the young journalist was executed right after he left work and going home. Initially, the Police reported that his death was caused by accident. Later, the Police (Government), showed-up with a criminal who testified and claimed that the 34-journalist was shot and killed while stealing a goat. The notorious criminal also claimed and shamelessly alleged that he and the 34-year old journalist were usually engaged with stealing goat.

    Which information is which and who is actually telling the truth?

    Sadly, the Murder of the 34-year old journalist, like all other Murders in Liberia, will go unpunished.

    Why are there so many suspicious and unexplained committed in George Manneh Weah-led Liberia?

    These suspicious and unexplained Murders going on in Liberia are certainly bound to inure Liberia’s image.

    Every true and well-meaning Liberian should have good reason to be troubled.

    • Cllr Fredrick A..B. Jayweh, you are a stupid ass lawyer if you are really a lawyer. The journalist was a journalist in the day and goats thief at night. His partner said it, the shooter said it and the phone records showed that the journalist made 52 phone calls that same night of the theft. Do you want to switch the story and put a blame on someone else? Your damn ass call this unexplained circumstance? You opposition have to stop this shit if we must build this nation. Going around trying to question about what law school someone went to, whats about what law school give you the paper you have whcich can not be verified

  9. Frederick Jayweh, in my view Mr. True Nationalist would have so much time to spare to respond to your stupidity or even regard such senselessness from you. What you should be concerned about is how you have disgraced yourself publicly after claiming to be a lawyer in such a public space as this, and another person (Mr. True Nationalist) had to school you on concepts as the different concepts of evidence, and the phenomenon of unreasonable doubt and reasonable doubt as they relate to criminal justice. As I said over the weekend, Jayweh, you are a disgrace to us Bassa people.

    • Frederick Jayweh, just shut up or put up! NOBODY OR NO ONE has any obligation to announce here not to talk about informing you Jayweh where he or she attended school nor any obligation to mention anything about his or her license to practice law, since this forum is not a place to practice law.

      As a matter of fact, if it is about obligation, it is you Jayweh who has an obligation to prove that you have attended law school, since it is only you who have come here with such titles UNNECESSARILY attached to your name.

      And we expect you to demonstrate this obligation via your intellectual contribution. But you have failed disgracefully and miserably especially in very elementary subject matters of law. It is very shameful on your part. So, just shut up or put up!

  10. Cllr.Jayweh,
    Thanks very much for stating your side of the story. However, when you say that the young journalist “might have been targeted”, you’re in essence saying something else.

    Cllr. Jayweh, I really appreciate your kindness. But, I am not in the business of accusing people when I do not have a firm grip on a particular issue. I do not shout profanities at people because of a disagreement. I get mad sometimes, Jayweh. On the whole, I respect people even when I disagree with them. Sometimes when people accuse and blame people, tempers flare unnecessarily.

    Secondly, I cannot control your free speech or anyone else’s. Therefore, I will be unable to tell you how to get alone with some of the commenters in our neighborhood. All I can say is this, “let’s express ourselves educationally, professionally and respectfully.”

    Jayweh, let’s move on young guy. You see, I don’t know you, but I am sure you are younger than me. When I say young guy, I am not disrespecting neither am I displaying an act of microaggression. Gbolvlehn is a very nice guy. He also happens to be a derivative of your county. One of these days, I will get marry to a beautiful Bassa girl. Once that happens, I will invite you and and my buddy Gbolvlehn to our house for dinner. No fufu please.

    Hang in there!

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