To the disbelief of onlookers yesterday at the temple of justice, Roosevelt Dehmie Kiidor, who has been accused of killing motorcyclist Beyan Lamin, was escorted to the Monrovia City Court under an escort of heavily armed security officers.
The police’s action was intended to protect defendant Kiidor from a possible attack by an angry crowd, which had gone to the court to witness the appearance of the alleged killer.
Police also barricaded the entrance of the court room where the defendant was first arraigned to answer to his crime of murder brought against him by the Republic of Liberia.
The hearing, which lasted for almost a minute, saw the defendant inform Magistrate Kennedy Peabody that he had a team of lawyers who are ready to defend him when the trial is scheduled.
After defendant Kiidor’s statement, Magistrate Peabody ordered him to be taken to the Monrovia Central Prison to await trial, because the crime of murder is a non-bailable offense.
Lamin met his untimely death at his doorstep on Sunday evening, following a row with the law enforcement officer. Reports indicate that the victim, who was a motorcyclist, catered to residents of Pipeline Community, in Paynesville.
Shortly after defendant Kiidor was turned over to the Monrovia City Court, Inspector General of police Patrick Sudue said the defendant had been suspended by the Liberia National Police (LNP) pending the outcome of the case.
“If he is guilty, we will disrobe him from the police. But if the court says he is not guilty, we will reinstate him accordance with the new law of the police,” Sudue said.
Meanwhile, Sudue promised to take drastic action against any police officer that will not respect the rights of civilians.
It may be recalled that residents in the bustling commercial district of Red-Light, in Paynesville, were on last Monday evening shocked when the commander of a nearby depot of the Liberia National Police (LNP) fatally shot a commercial motorcyclist after the victim had allegedly resisted arrest.