The Buchanan City Court in Grand Bassa County has charged a 26-year old man identified as James Kollie, a resident of Pearchuzohn C community, in Lower Harlandville Township with the crime of Aggravated Assault and Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder
According to records of the court, defendant Kollie, with criminal motives, on New Year’s Day severely flogged his wife, Ruth Nah-Kollie in their community, and allegedly chewed up her left ear, left hand finger and left breast.
The records indicate that the victim is hospitalized at the Liberia Government Hospital in Buchanan City
The court, presided over by Senior Associate Magistrate Richard Browne, has considered the act allegedly committed by the defendant as criminal and contravenes Section 14.20 of the New Panel Law of the Republic of Liberia.
Meanwhile, the court has detained defendant Kollie at the Upper Buchanan Central Prison, pending the recovery of the victim and subsequent trial proceedings.
According to the Police Charge Sheet, the defendant was arrested on Friday, January 2 and acquainted with his constitutional and Miranda rights.
During the preliminary interrogation conducted by the police, the defendant said he could not remember what transpired between him and his wife that fateful night because according to him, he was intoxicated with a “mixed up liquid”.
The police record indicates that witness’ statement coupled with physical evidence observed showed that defendant Kollie cut or chewed the left ear, left hand finger and left breast of the victim.
The police therefore charged the defendant with the crime of Aggrevated Assault.
The fuss between the couple started when the defendant reportedly asked his wife to prepare his bath water, which she did but he did not take his bath. Instead he went back in the street to enjoy himself, the report alleges.
The victim told the police that upon her husband’s return, he knocked on their window and began to abuse her and her mother. ‘’When I finally opened the front door, he attacked me and began to flog me severely with anger, thus committing the act against me.’’ She added.
The police has forwarded the defendant, the victim and charge sheet to the court for pre-trial.