River Cess Man Charged with Aggravated Assault After Chopping Friend

YARPAH TOWN, River Cess – Officers at the Yarpah Town Police depot in River Cess have charged a 43-year-old man with aggravated assault for hacking his friend. Moses Garway allegedly committed the crime when a fistfight ensued between him and the victim, David Joe, over ownership of an oil palm tree.

Joe told police investigators that he had gone to harvest palm fruits in the bush when he was forced into a fistfight with Garway, who was claiming ownership of the oil palm tree. During the fight over the palm fruits, the perpetrator allegedly picked up a cutlass and chopped Joe over the left eyebrow.

He was immediately rushed to a nearby community and treated for the wound he sustained.

Garway’s victim, David Joe. Photo: Eric Opa Doue

Garway was arrested and placed in the withholding cell at the Yarpah Town Police depot following a preliminary investigation by the police. He was charged and sent to the Cestos Magisterial Court on January 13, where he is awaiting trial.

Residents told The Bush Chicken that Garway has been claiming certain portions of a nearby palm farm he said was planted and given to him by his grandparents. One of those residents, Solomon Kouduo, said the defendant has chased people away from the farm on numerous occasions.

“This is not his first time doing this, because he said the place is for him so he doesn’t allow people to do anything around that area,” Kouduo said.

“The fact that you are seeing only his wife and brother following to case should tell you that we are all fed up with his behavior.”

Residents said Garway had also chased away another person from the palm farm using a firearm.

Garway admitted that he committed the acts; however, he was optimistic that he would be freed after the case was heard. He is expected to appear in court for the beginning of his trial today, January 23.

Featured photo by Eric Opa Doue

Eric Doue

Eric Opa Doue is a co-founder of Echo Radio Station, which does a series of programs in Bassa, Kru, and simple Liberian English. Under his leadership, Echo Radio was selected as one of the Moody Radio global partners for training opportunities in 2013 and 2014. Eric was one of a handful of reporters who received training from Internews in 2015 on humanitarian reporting during the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. He holds a diploma in Journalism, from the Ghana Institute of Journalism.

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