By Edwin G. Wandah
Police in Monrovia have charged several persons in connection with the incident relative to the burning of a yellow commercial bus along the Gardnersville, Somalia Drive on October 29, 2013.
According to the Police Charge Sheet in the possession of this paper, defendants Mohammed M. Keita, Victor S. N. Felee, Cheno Sow, Mammedee Jalloh, Joseph Nyumah, Yaya Talawallah, Globah Freeman, Sellie Konneh, Dennis James and Aaron Walker were arrested and charged with Physical Obstruction of Government Function, Riot Failure to disperse, Aggravated Assault, Criminal Mischief and Theft of Property.
The alleged criminals violated Chapter 12, section 12.1, Chapter 17, section 17.1, Chapter 14, section 14.20, Chapter 15, section 15.5 and Chapter 15.51 of the revised panel code of law of the Republic of Liberia.
According to Police Charged Sheet, the arrested persons were informed of their constitutional (marinda) rights, investigated and subsequently charged with the crime of Physical Obstruction of Government Function, Riot Failure to disperse, Aggravated Assault, Criminal Mischief and Theft of Property for Purposely, knowingly and intentionally stopping the function of the Police on the scene of an accident, stoning, inflicting serious bodily injuries on police officers, destruction of government and private properties and theft.
Police preliminary investigation further reviewed that on the crime scene on October 29, 2013 at about 7:30 p.m., while, a yellow bus with plate number TB-1666 operated by Black Bedell from Red Light toward Gardnersville along with a black Dayun motorbike also operated by Joseph Newton (deceased) who was riding overtook the yellow bus and narrowly collided with an unknown jeep and while the motorcyclist attempted dodging it (jeep) he fell right in front of the bus which smashed him to his death.
According to police report, the police immediately responded to the chaotic situation which was beyond their control. The report said further that the police used extensive voice control to disperse the crowd but to no avail as some of the persons resulted to stone-throwing at police officers to prevent them from the accident scene. Four police officers reportedly sustained serious injuries with mobile phones and Police Security Radio solen.
The Police Charge Sheet revealed that the motorcyclists grew in their numbers and overcame the police leading to the police calling for reinforcement and were able to arrest some of the cyclists.
Although those arrested admitted to have been cyclists who were arrested on the scene, they but denied being part of any criminal activities.