Temple of Justice Building
Judge Hands Rape Case To Jurors for deliberation
By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, March 17, (LINA) - The Presiding Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Gbarnga, Bong County, Judge Boima Kontoe, has instructed trial jurors to deliberate on the alleged rape case involving one Jerry B. Flomo and come up with a just and impartial verdict.
Flomo, 43, a driver, is charged with allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl in Gbarnga in November 2013.
Judge Kontoe took the decision following final arguments and cross-examination by both prosecution and defense counsels in the court Monday.
Presenting its case, the state, represented by County Attorney Cornelius Flomo Wennah and a team of legal counsels from the Ministry of Justice, argued that defendant Flomo allegedly committed the act on November 14, 2013, based on his own admission to the crime and concurrence in the presentation of state witnesses.
Prosecutors further argued that the victim identified the defendant in open court as "Uncle Jerry" upon which prosecuting lawyers believed the victim relied for guidance and protection, but was allegedly raped by the accused.
The prosecutors further argued that the testimony of the medical personnel who first interacted with the victim was a factor in building their case against the defendant.
But the Defense Counsel, among other things, cited the absence of concurrence in the testimonies of state witnesses, the lack of material evidence to convince the court and contradictory presentations by state witnesses.
If convicted, defendant Flomo could be sentenced to life in prison.