Barely two weeks following the death of a judge from the Temple of Justice in Monrovia, the lead lawyer in the on-going Global Witness (GW) alleged ongoing bribery trial, Counselor Theophilus C. Gould has died. He died on Saturday at the age of 61.
Having just celebrated his last birthday on April 2, Cllr. Gould was discovered by family members at approximately 1 a.m. Saturday, April 8, in his bedroom at his Airfield Community residence in Sinkor profusely foaming at the mouth. Upon discovery, the family rushed him to St. Joseph Catholic Hospital where doctors there pronounced him dead on arrival.
A source close to Cllr. Gould told the Daily Observer that he was not ill nor has he suffered from any immediate health emergency. His death has been discussed in many quarters with as a major loss to the country’s legal profession. Many other sympathizers have expressed views with one claiming that he died from food poisoning, while others have attributed his death to “an acute high blood pressure.”
What remained surprising in the minds of sympathizers is that Gould was last seen Friday evening, April 7 at the wake-keeping of the late Mother Mary N. Brownell, held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Camp Johnson Road in Monrovia showing no signs of ill health.
Observers have likened the sudden death of the learned lawyer to that of Civil Law Court Judge Johannes Zogbay Zlahn, who died under very similar circumstances on Saturday, March 25,– exactly two weeks before Cllr. Gould.
Also at age 61, the late Judge Zlahn was discovered dead in his bedroom.
Just days before his death, Judge Zlahn had addressed the opening of the Civil Law Court, saying: “We as judges have allowed our fraternal relationships and love for our brothers and sisters, who are lawyers to influence our decisions, which have invariably led to various disciplinary actions being taken against us.”
The late Gould was an alumnus of the University of Liberia as well as the Liberia Christian High School in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, his birth place.
As a Counselor-at-law, Gould served in various capacities, notably as solicitor-general of the under the administration of former President Charles G. Taylor, and former president of the Liberia Bar Association.
Cllr. Gould founded the Kemp and Associates law firm and was chairman of the erstwhile ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP); a position he held up to the time of his death.