Girl, 17, Gang Raped to Death in Bassa

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Police in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County have charged two men with gang rape resulting to the death of a 17- year old girl on January 23.

Police have already transferred the case to the Buchanan City following the conclusion of their investigation.

The court has meanwhile transferred the case to the Second Judiciary Circuit Court because it lacks jurisdiction over the matter.

Already, the Grand Jury has indicted suspects Emmanuel Jackson and Alvin Sawyer, alias 2.

According to the indictment, the defendants unlawfully and with criminal intent did commit crimes of gang rape and murder, the felony of the first degree against the victim, Ma-Ruth Jackson, 17, on January 23.

This act, the court said, violates 4LLR, Title 26, Sections 14.70 (b) and 14.1 of the New Penal Law of Liberia.

In the indictment, it was reported that on that fateful night, in Pearchuezohn Community in Lower Harlandsville Township, outside Buchanan City, the victim reportedly went in search of her older sister in an area called Secret Hills. Unfortunately, it was in that community where co-defendant Emmanuel Jackson (no relation to the victim) resides.

During that night, the indictment indicated, co-defendants Jackson and Alvin Sayweh lured their victim to pass the night with them because it was late for her to go back home and the rain was about to fall; an offer she unwillingly accepted.

It was reported that during the night hour, while the girl was fast at sleep, the two defendants reportedly jumped on her and covered her mouth to prevent her from yelling for help, while they sexually assaulted her throughout that night until they were satisfied.

But before she died following the incident, she reportedly narrated her overnight ordeal at the hands of her the men who sexually abuse her throughout the night.

Meanwhile, the defendants are currently being tried at the Second Judiciary Circuit Court, where the state is being represented by Grand Bassa County Attorney, Samuel K. Jacobs, while the defendants are represented by the County Public Defender, Cllr. Paul P. Jarvan, who is assisted by Cllr. D. Onesimus Banwon of the Blojay Law Chamber.

The prosecution and the defense counsel are still producing their respective witnesses. The trial continues.

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