A mother of a teenage boy accused of being part of a group of students that burnt the Apostolic Foundation School on May 12, has expressed frustration over her son’s prolonged detention without appearing in court.
Lemuel Elijah Reeves, also a student of the school, has not undergone trial since he was arrested and detained at the Monrovia Central Prison on May16.
Reeves’ mother, Vera Gaye, who on Saturday, July 19 walked into the McDonald Street offices of the Daily Observer in tears, said she does not know why her son has not been sent to court for prosecution.
“I don’t know what is happening because he is the only person to have been arrested in connection with the school burning allegation,” Madam Gaye further explained while weeping.
Immediately after the arson attack, Darkpay Johnson, who is the principal of the school, in an interview with this newspaper said that “those students that were involved in the act were children who because of their behavior were suspended or expelled by the school’s administration.”
But, Madam Gaye maintained that her son was not part of the suspended or expelled students Mr. Johnson believed to have burnt down his institution.
“I challenged them to show me a document that Lemuel was expelled or suspended for exhibiting rude behavior before the school burning,” Reeves’ mother vehemently challenged school’s administration.
“I am confused and I don’t know what to do for my son to go to court. I don’t even have the money to hire a lawyer that would plead our case or engage government to have him sent to court,” Madam Gaye lamented.
“Look, how in the world would a person be held in detention for three months without being tried? Give me the answer. Is that the right thing our law says? Please let someone explain to me the right things our law is saying. I want justice to be done in this case so my son can be freed from that kind of inhumane condition he is in right now,” Madam Gaye pled.