Judge Roosevelt Z. Willie of Criminal Court ‘A’ yesterday sentenced Salvation Christ Deliverance Ministries’ Pastor James Mulbah to 18 years in prison for murdering Patrick Yeanay, whom he accused of being in a relationship with his wife, Hannah Mulbah.
The incident occurred on March 13, 2016, in Paynesville City.
Judge Willie, whose decision supported the earlier guilty verdict of the jury, in his judgment said, “Mulbah’s 18 years is necessary instead of death or life imprisonment as provided for under the Penal Code of Section 50.5 or 51.3.”
Judge Willie said “Convict Mulbah would spend 15 years of his sentence behind bars, while the last three years would be on probation, depending on good behavior from the prison authority.”
Judge Willie said his decision was based on Mulbah’s confession, when he was first arrested and investigated by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP).
Judge Willie said Mulbah showed remorse during the trial and the absence of prior criminal record was sufficient reason that he tempered justice with mercy.
Court record said Mulbah murdered Patrick Yeanay on March 23 at 7:00pm, in front of the Enterprise Store, located in Paynesville, Red Light, after he accused Yeanay of being in a love relationship with his wife Hannah Mulbah.
Mulbah, the court said, placed a deadly weapon (scissors) in his ‘money exchange bag’ with the intent to kill Yeanay, as he confessed to police officers during the investigations.
After committing the crime, the erstwhile pastor Mulbah escaped the crime scene and fled to Tubmanburg, Bomi County where state security arrested him 23 days later at his mother-in-law’s residence and brought him to Monrovia.