James Mulbah, the pastor who allegedly stabbed and killed 23-year-old barber, Patrick Yeah, whom he accused of having an affair with his wife, Hannah, yesterday appeared before the Monrovia City Court to face murder charges.
The incident took place on March 22 in the Sugar Hill Community, in Red Light, Paynesville. Defendant Mulbah fled to Tubmanburg, Bomi County, but was arrested by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP).
At yesterday’s hearing, Magistrate Kennedy Peabody did not waste time in sending Pastor Mulbah to the Monrovia Central Prison, where he will be detained during trial, because his crime does not qualify him for bail.
A court document said that before the murder, Pastor Mulbah had been accusing his wife of having an affair with the victim, which she repeatedly denied.
The court record quoted police as saying that the victim’s friend, Maxco Yeahmay, told police that he and the victim worked as barbers in the Sugar Hill Community up to the victim’s untimely death.
Yeahmay explained that after he and the victim ended the day’s work on that fateful day, they stored their barbing tools in a warehouse and left for their respective homes. Yeahmay said he and the victim separated when they arrived at the Duport Road junction in Paynesville.
But before their separation, Yeahmay said, they ate at a cook shop.
He claimed that he had witnessed on several occasions Pastor Mulbah and his wife embroiled in bitter arguments about her alleged relationship with the victim, which he claimed he had advised his friend Yeah about.
“I was shocked to see my friend lying in the street with wounds on his chest the day after we parted,” the court record quoted Yeahmay.
Police investigations allege that on the evening of the incident, Pastor Mulbah plotted to kill the victim, saying that he had confirmation that Yeahmay was having an affair with his wife.
Police said Pastor Mulbah, thinking that he was losing Hannah, took a weapon under the pretext that he was going to visit the Sugar Hill Community where his wife was engaged in petty trading business.
Police claim that Pastor Mulbah calculated his actions on the assumption that his wife had allegedly packed a few of her clothes in a plastic bag on the morning of the incident, with the intention of not returning home that night. With that in mind, Mulbah decided to follow his wife
wherever she went. It was while escorting his wife home that they met the victim, with whom he got into a fist fight during which he used the instrument to stab Yeah, leading to his death.
Pastor Mulbah was arrested on April 16 in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, where he had gone to seek refuge at the home of his mother-in-law.