Man, 19, Gets 20 Years for Rape

Another gets 5 years for manslaughter

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The Eighth Judicial Circuit Court in Nimba County has sentenced a 19 year old man to 20 years imprisonment for raping a six year old girl.

Defendant Jerry Yeananme was arrested in April last year in the city of Saclepea, Nimba County where he committed the act.

Court records reveal that the man admitted committing the act in a letter of apology he sent to the victim’s grandmother, identified as Joyce Bracewell.

The voluntary statement was made on May 6, 2016, and defendant Yeananme’s letter of apology to the aunt was sent on March 21, 2017.

“This court holds that the voluntary statement, the letter of apology and defendant’s statement of apology in open court support prosecution’s charges in the indictment,” Judge Peter W. Gbeneweleh said, adding that section 25.8 of the civil procedure law of Liberia of 1973 clearly provides in part that “any admission made by a person himself as to the commission of a crime is admissible against the party.”

“Thus, the admission made by the defendant before this court is admissible against him (regarding) the commission of the crime of statutory rape,” he added.

In a related development a man was convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment on March 21, for manslaughter. The defendant, Nelson Kpannah, on August 25, 2015 was involved in a tussle with George Paye in Cocopa during which Paye fell and was later pronounced dead at the Ganta United Methodist Church where the family rushed him for treatment.

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