Tension was rife in the air yesterday at the Temple of Justice growing out of what appeared to be presidential like treatment given to Jonathan K. Williams, the man, the self-confessed killer of journalist Tyron A. Browne of Super FM Radio Station owned by businessman George Kailondo. Williams said he stabbed the victim with a knife twice in his left rib and once on the left side of his upper back.
The victim died of his wounds on April 15 in the Duport Road Community, outside Monrovia, according to police.
Williams along with five others were later remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison to await trial, charged with murder and criminal facilitation and conspiracy.
He was the only person charged with murder while the others that include Alice Youh, Edwina Promise Youh, Massah Kennedy, Caesar Kennedy and Joana Bracewell were also charged with criminal facilitation and conspiracy.
The confusion started when police officers that accompanying self-confessed killer Williams to the Monrovia City Court, for strange but unknown reasons did not handcuff the suspect as is usually the case where criminals are handcuffed before being led to court. Yesterday’s hearing was intended for Williams and his six accomplices to answer to charges presented against them by the Police.
Hearing into the matter was presided over by Magistrate Kennedy Peabody under intense security.
The hearing which lasted for hours saw security officers preventing court workers, family members of late the Browne and bystanders’ access to the courtroom of the Monrovia City Court, an action which many people considered as preferential treatment for the suspect.
The over one hundred bystanders, including family members of the victim who had gone to take a glimpse of Williams, could not believe what they described a ‘presidential treatment’ for a man who confessed to killing their relative.
Many spectators were heard saying, “What interest does the police have in Williams that they did not handcuff him when others have been handcuffed and taken to court as suspects in murder cases.”
The Police charge sheet, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer alleged that Williams was arrested on April 16, just a day after committing the act based on a tipoff from a community member identified as Samuel Sieh.
Police charge sheet said Alice Youh, Edwina Promise Youh, Massah Kennedy, Cersa Kennedy and Joana Bracewell allegedly, deliberately and criminally concealed information about the murder of Tyron Browne by defendant Williams from April 15 up to his arrest on April 20.
Preliminary police investigation established that Browne lived in Zubah Town Community, but his lifeless body was discovered around the Kingdom Care Community, on Duport Road.
The investigation explained that on Sunday, April 15, Tyron Browne covered the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Jerald Tamba in the Pipeline Community, Paynesville, as a photographer and video recorder. The program, the police claimed started around 2 p.m and subsequently ended at 7 p.m that same day.
After the wedding, the couple dropped Browne at his Duport junction residence along with his equipment. While at home with his nephew Charles Browne, Tyron Browne, police claimed, received a mobile phone call, where he told his nephew that he was going to Pipeline Road and would be back.
He later went to the compound of the Kingdom Care Community, that contained two separate apartments, where suspect Williams lives them with his two nieces, Alice Youh and Edwina Promise Youh.
Browne, police said had gone there to visit Promise Youh where he was later attacked by defendant Williams.
During the confrontation, police alleged, Williams stabbed the victim with a knife twice in the left rib and one time on the left side of the victim’s upper back resulting to his death.
When the defendant noticed that his action led to the death of Browne, he contacted another defendant Bill and both of them placed the victim’s body in William’s white Infinity Jeep and dumped the lifeless body along the Du Port Road Kingdom Care Community clinic, police said.
Williams later washed the blood from his jeep to destroy evidence, police claimed. They also claimed that after the incident, Williams explained the incident to via mobile phone to his brother Daniel Socree, and a few hours later, Socree dove to William’s compound along with a man said to be Chris Massaquoi, the former police director, police investigation said.
Both Massaquoi, defendant Williams and Socree allegedly went to the crime scene where they saw the lifeless body of Browne.
At the scene, police claimed that former director Massaquoi held a meeting and afterward, placed the body in his jeep with the help of Kennedy and another suspect identified as Ernest Karmue, who was believed to be on the run before dumping the lifeless body of Browne at the Kingdom Care road.
Defendant Williams and Kennedy returned home and later Williams ordered that they should burn the plastic bag which he allegedly used to wrap the dead body and put the burnt bag into Williams’ septic tank.
Meanwhile, information on the police charge sheet has not established the intent nor motive for the crime. However, despite Williams’ confession to being the ‘killer’ failure of the Police to establish the intent and motive behind the killing of the journalist, fears are that once in court, lawyers representing Williams could tear the Police murder charges into tatters and the self-confessed killer could be let off the hook on lesser charges, possibly manslaughter.
Police investigators have however charged Williams with the crime of murder in violation of chapter 14 sub-chapter A section 14. 1 of the Penal Law of Liberia, pending trial.”
The charge sheet was signed by CIP Abu B. Daramy of the Chief Crime Against Person Unit and ACP G. Alvin James of the Chief General Crime Section of the Liberia National Police (LNP).