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first_imgMrs. E. Massah Carlon, wife of the deceased;Children of the deceased;Members of the bereaved family;Madam President and present and past officials of Government;Bishop Jonathan B. B. Hart and other members of the Clergy;Distinguished Fellow Liberians:As Dean of the Cabinet, I have often been given the somber responsibility of paying tribute on behalf of the President and Government to the memory of some of our finest sons and daughters, people who throughout their life spared no moment to demonstrate diligence, patriotism and integrity. And each time we have to pay tribute to a fallen statesman or stateswoman, we feel a sense of overwhelming grief as we struggle to find answers to the questions, “Why him?”, “Why her?”, “Why now? But the consolation we get comes from believing that God who has the power to give liberally also has the power to take at will.We can mourn for it is proper to do so, but we must not question the Almighty God for He knows best. In the passing of Honorable Dr. Simeon Jabaru Carlon, our country mourns a devoted patriot; the Unity Party mourns a stalwart leader,; his wife and children will forever miss a loving and faithful father and husband; his family and friends nurse profound grief, and the people of Grand Cape Mount County have lost an eminent son.Honorable Carlon had profound love for his country and a deep sense of humility, which propelled him to always place himself at the service of his country and to strive and contribute, like many others, to building a nation based on democracy, peace and progress.As first Chairman and Vice Standard Bearer of the Unity Party (UP) during the 1985 General and Presidential Elections, he was well versed in the politics and social dynamics of our country but never did he ever permit his political beliefs and alliances to create a stonewall between himself and people of other persuasions. His love and friendship transcended the confines of the party and embraced every Liberian across party, tribal and religious lines. He must have been a very proud and fulfilled man to have seen during his life time the UP rise to state power, for this was what he endeavored to achieve for many years.Throughout his public service to the government and people of Liberia, which spanned more than forty years and most of which was spent in the field of education, he proved himself competent, effective, practical and dependable. His professionalism and passion for impacting quality education was made manifest beyond the borders of Liberia through the Mano River Union (MRU) when he competently served as Deputy Director and Coordinator for Curriculum Planning of the MRU.I am certain that in many quarters of our country today there are grief-stricken hearts and mournful faces because Honorable Carlon gave an enormous lifetime service to his people. Whether it was at the University of Liberia, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth and Sports, the William V.S. Tubman College of Sciences and Technology now William V.S. Tubman University or at the Governance Commission he led a life that earned for him a stately reputation, one which is stellar and very well deserved.Life is a multiple-lane highway that empties into one toll-gate Death. So to the grieving wife and members of the bereaved family, we say kindly accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your husband, father, and brother. To the resilient people of Grand Cape Mount County, we say sorry for the loss of one of your eminent sons.On behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Government of Liberia, we urge you to be strong and take succor in the Lord for Dr. Carlon’s time for confronting life’s trials and torments on these terrestrial planes have ended and through the eyes of faith, we know that he has ascended to a place of ethereal bliss and infinite calm.Now on behalf of President Sirleaf and the Government of the Liberia, we deposit these floral designs on the mortal remains of our honored dead in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the blessed Holy Spirit.May his soul and the souls of all faithful departed rest in perfect peace and may light perpetual shine on him.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgOver 15 prodemocracy, youth and student groups honored the NPA boss for her innovative performance and leadership of the NPA. Speaking at a program held in her honor as Managing Director of the Year 2014 in Monrovia on December 23, NPA Managing Director Madam Matilda W. Parker attributed the success to her staff and the Liberian people who, she said, supported the Management over the year amidst the Ebola outbreak. “I am proud that NPA is Ebola free,” said Madam Parker. She recalled how the Management instituted several stringent measures to protect the port authority’s facilities across the country from being affected by the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak.Recently, the NPA Management celebrated Zero Ebola cases at its four port facilities in Monrovia, Buchanan, Greenville and Harper with a promised to continuing the enforcement of its anti-Ebola measures.But Madam Parker noted that it wasn’t an easy task to achieve zero Ebola cases in an environment that employees hundreds of people.“We put our existing anti-Ebola measures into place and publicized them and we thank God that all of our workers, including top managers, are adhering to those measures,” she said. The port authority of Liberia handles over 80 percent of all goods and services imported into Liberia.Madam Parker knew that protecting the seaport facilities [the gateway to the Liberian economy] from being affected by the Ebola virus epidemic was critical to the survivability of the population.“We are aware of the importance of the port authority to the economy and so we are under obligation to secure and protect the port facility,” said the MD.Among those honoring the NPA boss were the Association of Liberia Pro-democracy Groups, the Liberia National Student Union (LINSU), the Custodian of Rights Advocacy, the Borough Youth Association, Logan Town Old Timers, Labor Congress Women, Right-bank Youth Network, Liberian Newspapers Venders, the Port Truckers Association and the Dock Workers Union of Liberia (DOWUL), Coalition of Youths and Students for Better Liberia, Liberia Democratic Advancement, Conscious Young Women, Christian Youth Association, Islamic Youth Against Poverty and the Sinoe University Students Association (UL-Chapter), amongst others.  Mr. Joseph Deema, organizing chair of Association of Liberia Pro-democracy Groups, cataloged over 10 counts on which he said his organization based its rating of the NPA boss.According to him, Madam Parker has impartiality provided scholarships to deserving students under the NPA corporate social responsibility program, improved security and protected the port facilities, increased workers pay and benefits and created a new department at the NPA to deal directly with environmental issues, amongst others.He emphasized his commendation to Madam Parker and the NPA Management for recording zero Ebola cases at the port facility.For his part, LINSU Secretary General Benedict Williams said the student movement has followed Madam Parker’s contribution towards the development of youths and students with keen interest.“She contributed towards student scholarship programs at the University of Liberia and other universities including high school students,” said Mr. Williams.The LINSU Secretary General also commended Madam Parker for playing a pivotal role in the construction of the Ebola Treatment Unit in Virginia. “We have all of these activities and concluded that indeed you are people-centered and development-oriented,” he said. Also speaking, the Secretary General of the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU) Calvin R. Summon assured Madam Parker of ULSU’s support towards helping her to achieve her goals. “We want you see your honor as a chance to continue to contribute towards the development and growth of NPA and the young people of Liberia… and I can assure you that ULSU will always be by your side,” he said. Receiving the honors, Madam Parker thanked the pro-democracy as well as youth and student groups for recognizing NPA Management’s efforts in making Liberia better.   “We [at NPA] don’t take your honors lightly. We respect it and treasure it because you motivate us, especially, civil society organizations innovate and push us hard to work,” said Madam Parker. Elated by the honors, the NPA Managing Director promised to display an even better performance in 2015. The NPA Managers Association and the Port Truckers also lavished praises at Madam Parker for exhibiting good leadership at NPA.     The National Port Authority (NPA) also announced a 13 percent increase in vessel traffic to Liberia. According to NPA Management, container traffic and deadweight tons have also grown thus resulting to growth in revenue turnover over the past few months. The National Port Authority was established by an Act of the National Legislature in 1967 and amended in 1970 as a state-owned corporation to manage, plan, and build all public ports in Liberia. The NPA system has four ports: Freeport of Monrovia, Port of Buchanan, Port of Greenville, and Port of Harper. The Freeport of Monrovia is the largest and the main Port within the Authority’s network.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgAfter failing to account for several items belonging to Cllr. Moiffie Kanneh, SN Brussels Airlines, one of the leading commercial airlines operating in the country, has been taken to the Civil Law Court and sued to pay US$1,012,010 in damages.In his Action of Damages for Wrong filed in court, lawyers representing Kanneh are demanding that SN Brussels Airline be held liable to pay US$12,010 as special damages and US$1,000,000 as general damages for the “inconveniencies, serious embarrassment, humiliation, mental anguish the defendant’s action has caused him to the extent that he cannot interact freely with his friends and other relatives.”Kanneh’s lawyers also asked the court to award their client punitive damages in any amount it would deem necessary for the airline’s wrongful handling of his luggage.Some of the missing items in the luggage, according to the plaintiff, include a Samsung HTC and Black Beret phone, several items of clothing, drugs and medical material, as well as, watches, and camera.The suit alleges that on July 18, 2015, Kanneh, who is an employee of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), decided to take his annual vacation last year in the United States, where he would spend time with his family, relatives and friends.Based on that, he went to the management of SN Brussels and purchased a round trip ticket that would afford him the opportunity to travel to the US and back to Liberia.After staying a few weeks in the US, Kanneh chose to return home to resume work at UNMIL.Unfortunately, on August 4, after Kanneh disembarked from Flight 124 at the Roberts International Airport, he alleged that he was told that one of his luggages could not be located.He was also informed by the airline that his luggage may have been placed on another flight and was therefore told by the company to give them a few days to check with other connecting flights to see if his luggage would be identified.According to the court record, Kanneh agreed because some of the items in the missing luggage were belongings of other people who went to his house to take delivery of their properties sent by their relatives residing in the US.The document further alleged that after several calls and conversations, on August 13, Cllr. Kanneh was informed by one Benedict, who was then designated representative of the airline, to fill out a Baggage Inventory Form and to make a full listing of the items that were contained in the luggage.In compliance with Benedict’s request, Kanneh alleged, he listed the items in the missing bag.Besides, the records alleged the management of SN Brussels advised Kanneh to do a formal complaint to the Customer Relations Section of the airline, which he did.While waiting for a response, Konneh claimed that he sent several letters as reminders to the company, but unfortunately he did not receive any positive result. Instead, the airline promised that they were still looking into the matter.“Some of the items contained in the missing luggage belong to other people who have written our client expressing their disgust and questioning his hard earned reputation, which he built over the years,” the lawyers stated in their suit, adding “he received several letters from owners of some of the missing items also expressing dissatisfaction over the manner in which our client was handling the issue of their items that were entrusted into the care of Kanneh.”“No matter how much explanation he gives, people are still doubting him saying that he has converted those items into his personal use and is only trying to give frivolous excuse or cover-up stories to lie on the airline,” the lawyers said in their lawsuit.Therefore, the lawyers said the action of the SN Brussels management has caused serious injury to his reputation and embarrassment to his character as a lawyer and statesman to the extent he is unable to move freely, because everywhere he goes, especially among his friends and relatives, people would ask him about their missing items.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgThe President of the Republic of Liberia and Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed deep concern about current developments in the Islamic Republic of The Gambia. Referring to the call for new elections by President Jammeh on grounds of alleged abnormalities in the electoral process, The ECOWAS Chair said that this reversal of position by President Jammeh was unacceptable and threatened peace not only in the Gambia but the entire West African Sub-region.According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf insisted that the will of the Gambian people, freely expressed in exercise of their franchise, must be respected by all without precondition. This includes President Jammeh and officials of his government. The ECOWAS Chairperson supports the joint statement issued by the African Union, ECOWAS and the United Nations, noting that it leaves no doubt that the reversal in the position of President Jammeh is totally unacceptable.In this twenty-first century, President Sirleaf continued, leaders have no room for selectivity – to accept only outcomes which give a mandate to lead and deny a result which withdraws that mandate, especially when election procedures and modalities are similarly applied. “Our common commitment to the precepts in the Charters and Treaties of these regional, continental and global institutions are binding and prescribe consequences for non-compliance,” President Sirleaf emphasized.The ECOWAS Chairperson concluded with a plea to President Jammeh to do the right thing and take actions to facilitate a smooth and peaceful transition in The Gambia, respecting the election results, which reflect the freely expressed will of the Gambian people. She noted that the Gambian President’s initial and principled position of acceptance of these results have already been lauded by all in the global community, including herself, as the mark of enlightened leadership and patriotism.President Sirleaf made a similar appeal to President-elect Barrow and members of the opposition to exercise restraint, underscoring that they too have a responsibility to act maturely in the interest of preserving peace and calm in their country. She also call on the people of The Gambia to remain calm and peaceful.Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has sent a special message to President Jammeh of The Gambia to accept the elections result.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgBy Counselor Frances Johnson AllisonOnce again Liberians are poised to go to the polls to elect a new leader (president) for a term of six years.But what eligibility criteria do Liberians have for their prospective leader?In 2005, Liberians were looking for a leader who would come and “wipe away their tears” and at least restore them to status quo ante, if not better. This was a tall order as postwar challenges were monumental. Basic social services, i.e., water, electricity, health and educational facilities, were all devastated; wounds of the war, both physical and psychological, were still fresh; the economy was in shambles with a mere US$80 million left in the state treasury. Consolidation of the fragile peace was also critical as it seemed at the time that some participants in the war were not quite ready to beat their pruning hooks into plowshares. That was the state of affairs in 2005 when Liberians went to the polls to elect a leader.Cllr. AllisonBut the question which comes to mind in 2017 is, what kind of leader are Liberians looking for this time around? Over the years, it has become apparent that Liberians have no hard and fast rule as to the qualification of their would-be leaders. Their choices of leaders are determined by the economic might and generosity of the aspirants or candidates involved or by their emotional attachment to a particular individual. Surprisingly, for a country that is so religious, values such as honesty, integrity, morality, character do not matter to the Liberian electorate. No wonder we have been plagued with problems of governance time and again.In contrast to Liberian voters, some time ago, I was reading Madeleine Albright’s book, “Madam Secretary,” in which she recorded that she was once asked by people to help organize a fundraising dinner for the presidential bid of Maine Senator Edmund Muskie because four years earlier he had impressed voters with his integrity and intelligence (emphasis supplied) as Hubert Humphrey’s running mate. When will Liberians begin to evaluate a candidate for elective office on the basis of moral values rather than on flamboyancy and materialism?Granted that Article 52 of the Liberian Constitution spells out the eligibility criteria for one desiring to contest the office of president as follows: (a) Must be a natural born Liberian citizen of not less than 35 years of age; (b) Must be the owner of unencumbered real property valued at not less than twenty-five thousand dollars; and (c) Must be resident in the Republic ten years prior to his election, provided that the president and vice president shall not come from the same county.Yet those constitutional criteria and virtues such as honesty, integrity, morality, character, etc., are not mutually exclusive. In fact the constitutional criteria as listed above are inadequate and were not intended by any stretch of the imagination to be the only yardstick by which a candidate contesting the presidency can be evaluated.Of the three criteria listed above, Liberians are very keen and uncompromising on criteria (a) and (c) (nationality and residency). Liberians have always been unanimous when it comes to the issue of nationality of their leader. They also detest the idea of a would-be leader who calls himself/ herself a Liberian but who has been away from the country practically all his/her productive life but only shows up in an election year to contest for the highest office of the land. That is why most Liberians love Article 52 (c) of the Constitution (the residency clause).Liberians must understand that elections provide an opportunity not for merrymaking or jamboree but for sober reflection, stocktaking, holding leaders accountable and for setting new benchmarks for future leaders.I urge Liberians to be patriotic and put Liberia above self-interest or partisan interest as they prepare to go to the polls on October 10 this year to choose their leader (president).Finally, the following additional criteria are indicators for a good leader: a God-fearing person; education and experience; a good steward, one who is accountable and transparent; integrity; selflessness; and humility.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgThe Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports ComplexThe 2017-18 National County Sports Meet scheduled to begin today has been postponed and will be held at a new date after the inauguration of President-elect George Manneh Weah.According to Ministry of Youth & Sports sources, several counties have already received their financial allotment and have concluded preparations for the tournament.However, they said because of the importance that President-elect Weah attaches to the games, they will now be rescheduled after his inauguration on Jan. 22.A visit to the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex yesterday, a large group of people was getting the complex ready because the inauguration will be held there.“We are giving the Complex a cleanup for the occasion,” one of the workers told the Daily Observer.The recently refurbished Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex can accommodate 35,000 persons and with the huge interest in President-elect Weah’s election, many have predicted a large turn out on Jan. 22.Though there has been no official confirmation that inauguration will be held at the Complex, sources have said it will be the venue for the event.Ordinarily, it is held at the National Legislature but because of the current renovation works ongoing on Capitol Hill, both the president-elect and the vice president-elect may be held at two different places.Hosting the president-elect’s inauguration at the SKD Complex is significant because President-elect Weah led the national soccer team, Lone Star, to challenge several countries for soccer supremacy there.Recall that it was at SKD Complex that Liberia, led by Weah lost 2-1 to the Black Stars of Ghana in the ZONE 3 Finals in the 1980s.It was at the same venue after Liberia held Ghana to a 0-0 in 1988 in Accra, Ghana and defeated Ghana 2-0 in the popular saying “Debbah opened it, Weah closed it,” in a FIFA World Cup elimination.It was during the first leg in Accra that Pewou Bestman saved George Alhassan’s penalty that became the ‘talk of the town’ in Accra and Monrovia.It was at the same ground that Liberia defeated Egypt, Nigeria, among others, in a well-orchestrated plot, initiated by President Samuel Kanyon Doe, whose name the Complex honors.Weah will also remember the traditional rivalry between Invincible Eleven and Mighty Barrolle and the highly contested Hydro Tournaments and Dugbor USA (Best out of three) that Weah and Debbah were the ultimate players to determine their outcomes.So having the inauguration at the SKD Complex will bring fond memories to the President-elect and will let him see why it is necessary for his government to get capable men at the LFA to pursue more soccer glories for the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img– Advertisement – Associate Justice Sie-A-Nyene-Yuoh Large numbers of criminal defendants who had been jointly placed on a single indictment (accusation or charge), have the legal opportunity to appeal for the separation of their charges from each other, after Associate Justice Sie-A-Nyene G. Yuoh ruled that prosecution’s charges against defendants Alice and Edwina Youti had been wrongly handled by Judge Roosevelt Willie of Criminal Court ‘A.’Defendants Alice and Edwina were along with the prime defendant, Jonathan Williams jointly indicted by the government for the death of Journalist Tyron A. Browne of Super FM Radio Station on April 15 this year, in the Duport Road Community, Paynesville.The Youtis were charged with hindering law enforcement on grounds that they allegedly, deliberately and criminally concealed information about the murder of Journalist Browne by defendant Williams from April 15 up to the date of his arrest on April 20 when he was subsequently charged with murder.Based on those charges, the Youti legal team, headed by Cllr. Jonathan Massaquoi, prayed Judge Roosevelt Willie to separately try co-defendants Alice and Edwina from Williams, because the indictment charging the two co-defendants for hindering law enforcement did not point out any acts of conspiracy and facilitation by them to commit the alleged act of murder.Despite their arguments, Judge Willie proceeded to deny and subsequently demand that they be jointly tried with defendant Williams, who is on trial for murder. Therefore Cllr. Massaquoi filed for a writ of certiorari, contending that only the magisterial court has jurisdiction over the matter, and not the Criminal Court ‘A.’In her ruling, Justice Yuoh maintained that Willie was in error to have denied the defendants separate trial, and that such denial endangers the rights of the accused to have a free, fair and impartial trial.Therefore, she reminded Willie that prosecuting the defendants along with a murder suspect will be antagonistic that would amount to unfair prejudice against them; one of the arguments relied upon by Cllr. Massaquoi.“The alternative writ of certiorari is hereby affirmed and the pre-emptory writ is ordered issued,” Justice Yuoh declared.Judge Roosevelt Willie of Criminal Court ‘A’Judge Willie’s ruling denying the motion for separate trial from defendant Williams by Alice and Edwina Youti is hereby reversed, according to Justice Yuoh.She meanwhile instructed by saying that “the matter regarding the co-defendants be transferred to the appropriate magisterial court in accordance with the law regarding such transfer, and that the trial thereof be prioritized.”Yuoh emphasized that in the face of Judge Willie’s enormous errors in handling the proceedings, his failure to relinquish jurisdiction on the charge of hindering law enforcement, a first degree misdemeanor cognizable before a magisterial court.That decision was against numerous opinions of the Supreme Court, and “his disregard for the defendants’ constitutional right to be tried by a magisterial court are all circumstances when put together justifies the reversal of his ruling, and granting the pre-emptory writ of certiorari,” she added defending her action.According to Yuoh, “prosecution in our jurisdiction is to seek justice for both the state as well as the criminal defendant but not to convict… To afford the accused a fair, speedily and impartial public trial is sacrosanct, irrespective of the ghastly character of the crime he or she is charged with.  This is because fair trial, according to the Liberian constitution is an entitlement,” the Chamber justice explained.“It is therefore, mandatory on all courts of law in this jurisdiction that rights that have been constitutionally granted, be safeguarded and enjoyed by all criminal defendants in the conduct of criminal proceedings. Utmost, diligence is even more obligatory on all courts in the country, where the criminal defendant is tried as those in the murder case,” Justice Yuoh said.Prior to her decision, Massaquoi had argued that the joiner of the crimes of murder and hindering law enforcement would unfairly prejudice Alice and Edwina’s interest, and both constitutional and statutory rights of them.He also contended that the allegation of hindering law enforcement as charged in the indictment may have occurred after the alleged act of murder was committed and completed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMark Sears, a 40-year-old plumber and father of two, was on Friday made to answer to a charge of break and enter when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.He denied that he had broken and entered the dwelling house of Natoya McPharley at Hadfield Street, Lodge on January 2, 2018, and from there had stolen one handbag valued at $4500, three cell phones, and cash and other items valued at $100,000.According to the Prosecution’s case, on the day of the robbery, the virtual complainant (VC) was awakened at around 04:00h by strange sounds being made. Upon investigation, she noticed that her bedroom had been ransacked. Whilst carrying out further inspection, she noticed Sears and another person in her home, and she raised an alarm.The Prosecution is contending that Sears and his accomplice managed to escape, but Sears was later apprehended and charged by Police.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield did not object to the defendant being placed on bail, and same was set in the sum of $150,000. The case will continue on February 9.last_img read more

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first_imgA Lindener was sentenced to three years in prison by Magistrate Clive Nurse, in addition to being fined $63,000 for the offence of being in possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.Troy Francis, 48, of Victory Valley, Wismar, Linden, made his final court appearance at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on Thursday where he was found guilty of two counts of narcotics trafficking, but was found not guilty on one count. Together, he had a total of three narcotic trafficking charges.Jailed: Troy FrancisThe charges against him read that he had 25 and 42 grams of cannabis sativa in his possession at his home and shop for trafficking purposes on February 4, 2017 and June 13, 2016 respectively. He was found not guilty of the former charge, while being jailed and fined for the latter.In handing down the guilty verdict, the Magistrate asked Francis why the court should be lenient with him, to which he noted that he was a first-time offender and denied knowledge of the prohibited drug. “I don’t sell no weed. I don’t know how it meet in the shop,” the man said, while begging the court for leniency. Magistrate Nurse noted however that the offence is a serious one and the court had to ensure that the penalty serves as a deterrent to ensure that the offence is not committed again.Magistrate Nurse said based on the quantity of the drug found (42 grams) it proves that it had been for trafficking purposes. The Magistrate therefore handed down the minimum sentence of three years in addition to the $63,000 fine. In relation to the other charge, the court heard that on February 4, 2017, Police ranks visited the home of the man to arrest him on an assault charge committed against the mother of his child. It was there that they found the prohibited drug in a bag on a shelf inside a shop at the same location as the house. However, after perusing the evidence, the Magistrate noted that there were several contradicting stories told by the testifying ranks while under cross-examination. He also noted that the court failed to establish that the defendant had exclusive entrance into the shop and that the prosecution failed to establish that the drug belonged to the defendant. As such, Magistrate Nurse ruled that there was insufficient evidence against him and ruled that he was not guilty of the charge.last_img read more