Murder Case Takes Dramatic Turn – As Fake Lawyer ‘Extorts’ L$24,000 to Defend Accused Murderer


Police in Bong County has charged and sent to Court a man believed to be in his early 40s for alleged impersonation and theft of property.

Suspect Emmanuel Tamba allegedly extorted about L$24,000 to provide legal services in a murder case involving Defendant Tegeh Ricks.

Tegeh Ricks has been charged with murder in connection to the death of a woman.
It can be recalled that Defendant Tegeh Ricks allegedly murdered the woman, believed to be his fiancée while having sexual intercourse with her in Gbogbota, Sannoyea District, Lower Bong County.

According to the report, Defendant Ricks earlier approached Victim, name withheld, and the two had been in a romantic love relationship for the past few weeks.

Our Bong County Correspondent gathered that on Sunday, July 29, 2018, Defendant Ricks asked Victim to pay him a courtesy visit which she did.
However, the Monrovia Times gathered that the next morning, the woman was found dead in her house with her clothes removed.

The Monrovia Times also understands that when the incident occurred on July 29, 2018, some residents of the area allegedly attempted to compromise the murder case.

The Police were, however, notified about the murder incident by one of the family members of the Victim.

After a physical investigation, a 5-man Jury reported that there was a major foul play relating to the woman’s death.
According to the Jurors’ report, there were marks on the feet of the victim, with blood on her back. Her neck was also broken.

After the Police Investigation, the Commander of the Crime Services Division of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Bong County Detachment, John Kellenso Flomo, charged Defendant Ricks and sent him to court on Monday, August 6, 2018.

However, according to report, Suspect Tamba allegedly received money to render legal services to the murder suspect, Tegeh Ricks.
Police Preliminary investigation established that Emmanuel Tamba is not a professional lawyer.

Speaking in an interview with The Monrovia Times, suspect Tamba admitted to receiving the amount of L$14,000 and not L$24,000 as was alleged by Jerry Ricks who is said to be the Uncle of the alleged murderer, Tegeh Ricks to provide legal service to the alleged murderer.

Tamba claimed to be a graduate of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law of the University of Liberia.
Suspect Tamba further told the Monrovia Times that he has been practicing law in the country, especially in Montserrado County.

Tamba however, added that he has not been able to get his lawyer License because he did not pass the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) test, a test which is required by all lawyers before being confirmed as Attorney or Counselor in Liberia.

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