By R Joyclyn Wea
James E. Dumo, an officer of the Police Support Unit (PSU) has been incarcerated at the Monrovia Central Prison (South Beach) for allegedly killing his fiancée’s friend in Montserrado County District number five, a violation of chapter 14, subchapter (A); section 14.1 of the revised penal law of Liberia.
Monrovia City Court Judge, Jomah Jallah sent Dumo to jail for allegedly ending the life of his fiancée’s friend.
The officer was arrested, acquainted with his constitutional rights, investigated and subsequently forwarded to the Monrovia City Court to be prosecuted for the crime of murder.
On June 27, 2020, officer Dumo reportedly used his police service, “Smith and Wesson” 9mm-pistol to scar; while they were returning from a birthday party at View Point entertainment center in Paynesville.
Police investigation unveils that the PSU officer’s girlfriend Salamatu Kaba was walking with some male friends along with the victim Mildred Kumba Tamba on their way home after the party.
Investigation also revealed that the defendant started beating on his girlfriend in the process that prompted the two boys who were walking with his girlfriend (Randall and Dashekie) along with the deceased to interfere by stopping him, but the officer kept beating her (Salamatu Kaba).
Police charged sheet narrated that officer Dumo threw his girlfriend into the drainage while beating on her and raised out his service arm, fired a round which penetrated the forehead of the victim who was standing eight feet away from the officer.
The victim according to the police charged sheet, was on the road waiting for her fiancé Emmanuel Johnson who had gone to stop officer Dumo from beating on her friend when the bullet rebounded when it hit the edge of the concrete side walk and hit her.
The victim immediately felt unconscious on the ground and began to bleed profusely. As a result of that, her boyfriend alarmed that his fiancée got shot in the head.
Dumo attempted escaping the scene when he noticed the girl was lying unconscious from the bullet. But he was attacked by angry crowd who subdued him.
However, the weapon was retrieved from the angry crowd and later turned over to authority of the Liberia National Police for onwards investigation.
The charged sheet furthered that the victim’s unconscious body was later removed from the crime scene to the John F. Kennedy Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival. TNR.
Alphonso has been in the profession for over twenty years. He has worked for many international media outlets including: West Africa Magazine, Africa Week Magazine, African Observer and did occasional reporting for CNN, BBC World Service, Sunday Times, NPR, Radio Deutchewells, Radio Netherlands. He is the current correspondent for Reuters. Mr. Toweh holds first MA with honors in International Relations and a candidate for second master in International Peace studies and Conflict Resolution.