21 December 2012

Liberia: Armed Robbery Victim Suffers Bullet Wounds

The gunshot wounds suffered by money exchanger Thomas Weeks when armed robbers attacked him and carted away with US$17,000 belonging to him was a result of shots fired by the accused, a medical doctor told the court yesterday.

Dr Senga Omeoga of the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Sinkor, testifying in the armed robbery case involving local journalist Darlington Pelenah and two others, told the Criminal Court "D" In Monrovia that Weeks was a victim of a gunshot during the armed robbery incident.

Police investigation had revealed that gun was used in the armed robbery incident involving a journalist Pelenah and two others.

Dr Omeoga said Thursday that victim Thomas Weeks' head injury was a bullet wound as a result of a gunshot.

"Thomas Weeks was a victim of gun shot. An X-ray was conducted in order to see if there was bullet inside the brain or any fracture on the skull. The X-ray result did not show any fracture on the skull but it was a bullet wound," he pointed out.

Dr. Senga Omeoga's testimony was in response to a writ of subpoena from Criminal Court 'D' which was requested for by state prosecutors to form part of their evidence in the on-going armed robbery trial.

The St. Joseph Catholic Hospital sergeant general informed the court that upon the victim's arrival at the hospital he was very restless, confused and bled profusely from his head before he was taken to the emergency department for treatment.

According to him, during the treatment it was diagnosed that the victim's head injury was a gunshot wound and was discharged within 12 days from the hospital.

He maintained that it was a bullet wound despite repeated questions from lawyers representing the accused.

State prosecutors have produced five witnesses so far and are expected to line up more witnesses in court today.

The state indicted journalist Darlington Pelenah along William Randolph and Benjamin Bookie Gbar last August for armed robbing a businessman, Weeks Thomas, at his GSA Road residence on 25 July 2012.

In the 12-count indictment, Weeks said at 10:00 pm, Edwin Thomas and Chris Kettor picked him up from his Foreign Exchange Bureau in Paynesville Joe Bar Community bound for home.

He said when they entered their yard, a group of people he identified as the defendants in the dock rushed on them with several single barrel guns and shot in the air.

According to him, the defendants grabbed his plastic bag containing US$17,000 from his Green Nissan pickup and made away with it while still firing in the air.

He claimed that he recognized two of the defendants including journalist Pelenah who slapped him in the face during the day of the incident.

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