FISH TOWN: The Assigned Circuit Judge of 15th Judicial Circuit Court of River Gee, His Honor Wesseh Alphonsus Wesseh has upturned and set aside the trial jurors’ unanimous guilty verdict of May 30, 2023, brought against five defendants, James Weah, Albert Weah, Pedesco Suwon, Charles Nyanti and Suku Sherman for Murder and Criminal conspiracy on ground that the evidence of the Government of Liberia brought against the defendant was not sufficient to warrant the conviction of the defendants.
The defendants were in indicted in Grand Kru County in April 2022 for allegedly kidnapping and murder of Madam Rachel Weah who reportedly went missing in Boah Dwehken on April 1, 2022.
The Defendants were arrested by the Police in Grand Kru for been in possession of dry skeleton (bones and skull) which the Police said were human bones and skull of deceased Madam Rachel Weah.
Judge Wesseh said that the Government’s Lawyer in the case did not provide the best evidence, that is a forensic or DNA testing result that is linked to the missing woman, and have therefore awarded a new trial in line with section 22.1 of the Criminal procedure law of Liberia and section 25.6 of the Civil procedure law of Liberia.
Judge Wesseh’s action to overturn and set aside the unanimous guilty verdict of the jurors came after the court heard argument in a seven count motion for new trial filed by Defense’s Lawyers, led by Cllr Jerome C Pour challenging the jurors unanimous guilty verdict against the defendants.
Meanwhile, Prosecuting lawyer, Atty. Fofie Kamara has excepted to Judge Wesseh’s ruling upturning the jurors’ verdict and has announced an appeal to the Supreme court of Liberia.