Margibi Judge Sentences Teenager to 15 Years for Murder

KAKATA, Margibi – The 13th Judicial Circuit Court in Margibi has sentenced an 18-year-old identified as Mohammed Kanneh to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to stabbing to death a commercial bus driver in Kakata.

Appearing before Judge Mardea Tarr-Chenoweth during this May term of court, Kanneh admitted to killing a 32-year-old commercial bus driver, Abu Sesay, after the indictment on the charge of murder was read against him.

As The Bush Chicken previously reported, Sesay was stabbed to death with a pair of scissors at approximately 1:00 a.m. on February 21, 2018 at the Federation of Road Transport Union parking terminal.

Kanneh, along with two other accomplices, unsuccessfully attempted to steal Sesay’s cell phone. Kanneh said he used a pair of scissors to stab the deceased on his neck when Sesay grabbed him by shirt to challenge him for the robbery attempt. Kanneh said at this moment, one of his accomplices, Michael Gabriel, gave the pair of scissors to him, which he used to stab Sesay.

In court, Kanneh broke into tears, as he asked the court to pardon him. He said he did not expect his actions to lead to Sesay’s death and that he was only defending himself after the late Sesay held him by his shirt.

Margibi’s county attorney, Isaac George, who said in an interview that he wanted a harsher sentence for Kanneh, noted that the police reported that Kanneh has a prior record of stabbing someone else in the past.

However, despite his dissatisfaction with what he considered a light sentence, George said he respects the decision of the judge. Kanneh will be 33-years-old when his prison term comes to an end in 2033.

Featured photo by Emmanuel Degleh

Emmanuel Degleh

Emmanuel has over a decade of experience working as a community radio broadcaster. He is the Margibi correspondent for the Liberia Broadcasting System and currently the acting president of the Margibi Journalist Association. Emmanuel is also a member of the Press Union of Liberia and a 2016 Internews Health Journalism Fellow.

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