New Democrat (Monrovia)

Liberia: Women Top Crime Again

Although previous crime statistics from the police and the Monrovia City Court listed men as the highest perpetrators of crimes, women appear to have joined the queue with the October records of the Monrovia City Court implicating them in more theft.

Prior records for August and September from the City Court booked 150 females in various crimes while the figure for their male counterparts dropped to 85, the lowest since the beginning of 2012.

Records from the Monrovia City Court October show that of 250 writs of arrest that were issued, women recorded 195 while their male counterparts collected the rest 55.

Eight-five writs of arrest were issued for theft of property, 110 cases of disorderly conduct, and simple assaults and aggravated assaults, all for women which landed them in jail at the Monrovia Central Prison.

Ten cases of theft of property, 30 cases of armed robbery and 12 cases of rape were recorded against the men during the period under review, according to the police charge sheet.

The record further explained that out of these offenses only 15 or 20 persons secured temporary bonds while the rest were placed under the discretion of the judge in line with the legal practice.

In a related development, the County Attorney of Montserrado County, Cllr. Darku Mulbah Wednesday reiterated his call to those who have cases in the court to appear for prosecution or those cases will be dismissed in keeping with law.

"We cannot fight your case without you. You have to come to court and testify in order to prove your case against the accused. Moreover, the defendants cannot be in jail without being on trial. So, no evidence, no trial in keeping with law," Cllr. Mulbah told reporters.

Section 18.2 of the criminal law says "Anyone that is accused of an indictable offense much be indicted and tried within two terms of court".

The government in 2011 admitted that it had indicted over 100 people who were in detention but had done nothing to release or try them - in clear violation of the law.

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