Market Woman’s Alleged Killer in Court

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Miller Komeh, 39, who is accused of gruesomely murdering a market woman named Yassah Mulbah Zumo, was yesterday turned over to the Monrovia City Court for prosecution.

Komeh, said to be a driver at the Ministry of Health (MOH), was later remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison, where he will await his murder trial because his alleged crime does not qualify him for a bail.

Komeh was surrendered to the jurisdiction of the court by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP), following ten days of investigations.

He is reported to have murdered Madam Zumo on June 3 in the Todee Junction Community in Margibi County, and was arrested on June 5.

Before her death, Zumo usually travelled to her birthplace of Fesibou, Lofa County, to buy palm oil and transport it to Monrovia to sell.

The police alleged in their charge sheet that the defendant cut off Madam Zumo’s legs using a heavy object, believed to be a vehicle, on the night of June 3.

The document further alleged that on the fateful day of June 3, the victim contacted her husband Kalevah Mulbah on her mobile phone to inform him that she was riding on a non-governmental organization (NGO) vehicle back to Monrovia.

The police claimed that during the conversation, Zumo informed her husband that the defendant charged L$2,500 to transport her and her goods from Lofa to Monrovia.

She also told her husband that her phone battery was very low so he advised her to cut the phone off until she arrived in Gbarnga, Bong County, in order to save power on her phone battery.

When they arrived in Gbarnga, the record said, the late Zumo switched her phone back on and called her husband to inform him they had arrived in Bong County and were on their way to Monrovia.

When the vehicle arrived in Gbarnga, almost all of the passengers disembarked, leaving Madam Zumo and driver Komeh to continue the journey.

While on their way to Monrovia, police said, Madam Zumo told Komeh that she was no longer interested in traveling to Monrovia, asking to instead be taken to the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) community to spend the night with one of her relatives.

Upon arrival in the BWI community, she did not see the relative, and informed her husband of this development.

The court record claims that the conversation Madam Zumo had with her husband was the last one prior to her death.

Her husband made several attempts to contact her, but without success.

Her lifeless body with her phone nearby was later discovered at the Todee Junction, about fifteen minutes’ drive from Kakata, but her goods were missing.

According to police, when they visited the crime scene there was no sign of an accident and no trace of blood.

When Komeh was investigated, the document alleged, he admitted having taken the woman to the BWI community, saying that when they did not locate any of Zumo’s relatives, he drove her back to Kakata, where he dropped her and her goods off, and drove back to Monrovia.

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Born unto the union of Mr. & Mrs. Johnson Tamba on May 16. Graduated from the Salvation Army School System " William Booth high school" in 2006/2007 academic year. He also went to the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) computer program, where he graduated with a diploma in computer literate in 2008. He is now a senior student of the University of Liberia, Civil engineering department, reading Civil engineering. He is in a serious relationship with Mercy Johnson and has a junior boy name, Otis Success Johnson, born 2016, March 29.

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