Liberia: Man, 27, Jailed On Charges of Manslaugther

A 27-year-old man has been incarcerated at the Monrovia Central Prison by the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice on charges of manslaughter.

Defendant James Woart, a resident of the Water Street community, was on March 10 arrested by the Liberia National Police for allegedly causing the death of a victim only identified as Ben.

Defendant Woart was on Tuesday arraigned before the Monrovia City Court to answer to the charges levied against him.

The police charge sheet stated that the defendant and the victim on February 29 engaged in a tussle over a handcuff owned by the defendant.

The charge sheet said during the tussle the defendant seriously beat victim Ben who fell unconscious.

He was taken to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital for treatment where he died on March 10.

The Police charge sheet indicated that the act of the defendant was 'intentional and wicked' and that he committed the crime on February 29 and was nowhere to be found until March 10 when he was arrested by the police.

During police investigation, the defendant denied the allegation levied against him. Defendant Woart is currently jailed awaiting court trial.