Temple of Justice
Court Denies Armed Robbery Convict Treatment Abroad
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, December 21 (LINA) –The Criminal Court “D” at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia has denied a motion for consideration for convict Frederick Walker to seek treatment abroad filed by his lawyers.
Walker and six other defendants were during this year’s August Term of Court sentenced to jail on charges of Armed Robbery and Criminal Conspiracy.
In his ruling Wednesday, Judge Saykajipo A. Wollor said: “Even though the court at times can be in sympathy with defendants, but the sympathy does not and cannot exceed the interest of our corpus jurisprudence , as to do so will automatically be considered as the usurpation of the function of the other branch of government which is the Executive. Hence, said motion is hereby denied.”
Defense Lawyers revealed that while the prisoner was yet a free man he inflamed some of the vessels of his body from which he never fully recovered until he was imprisoned in November 2015.
They further said that government had on numerous occasions taken Walker to the John F. Kennedy Medical Center where a medical report signed by Doctor Billy Johnson revealed that the defendant has nasal bleeding associated with headache and dizziness.
Accordingly, and in keeping with the absence of C-T-Scan or MRI to conduct the test, he was advised to seek further treatment abroad, the doctor said.
In their resistance, state lawyers said despite Walker’s knowledge of his injuries in 2013, he engaged in criminal acts in 2015 and must therefore serve his seven-year prison term in keeping with his sentence.
They further argued that because prisoner Walker has been adjudged guilty and sentenced, the court lacks jurisdiction to hear the defendant’s motion.
It can be recalled that Talk Show host Henry Costa recently accused Montserrado County Attorney Darku Mulbah of taking bribe to release inmate Walker, something he, Mulbah, described as “a blatant lie.”
Meanwhile, Criminal Court “D” Judge Sakajipo A. Wollor Wednesday announced the suspension of all activities of the Court until Wednesday, December 28.
He said the suspension is due the Christmas holidays.