Two Men Charged in Murder in Duo Gorton Town

DUO GORTON, Nimba – The Crime Services Division of the Liberia National Police in Nimba has charged two residents of Duo Gorton, a town in Yarpea Mah Administrative District, for the gruesome murder of a 58-year-old man, Arthur Y. Baymie.

According to Inspector James Kartoe, the two suspects were charged with murder and conspiracy following a thorough investigation by the police in Sanniquellie, Nimba.

Kartoe said the Crime Services Division’s decision to charge the 39-year-old Yarllo Dahn along with the 27-year-old Josiah Quoi came following the voluntary confession made by Dahn that he and Quoi were responsible for Baymie’s death.

Dahn, in his confession, alleged that he hired his collaborator, Quoi, to pay him L$4,000 (US$35.71) to kill Baymie during the cocoa harvest season. He further narrated that the late Baymie had earlier threatened to take the cocoa and kola farms left with Dahn by Dahn’s late father to manage and use the revenues to take care of his immediate family in Duo Gorton.

Dahn told the Crime Services Division that Baymie, who was his uncle, threatened to take the farms on grounds that there was a need to renovate Baymie’s brother’s house with money from the farms because the building was no longer in good condition.

“The farms supposed to be managed by me, not Arthur Baymie, in order to cater for my family,” Dahn said.

The murder was shocking for the town of Duo Gorton, the birthplace of famous Nimba businessman Tomah Floyd of Jungle Water Group of Investments.

The mutilated body of the late Baymie was discovered on Saturday, May 27, 2017, on his rubber farm about two kilometers away from the town.

The body was first discovered by four persons, including his wife Lucy Baymie and son Terry Baymie.

Lucy Baymie said her husband had gone on Friday, May 26 to check on workers laboring on his farm and failed to return. His disappearance claimed the community’s attention and they immediately launched search teams to determine Baymie’s whereabout.

Last Thursday, the Crime Services Division freed nine persons who were earlier arrested in because of insufficient evidence, according to Inspector Kartoe.

The two suspects still in custody were expected to have appeared in court on Monday to defend the charges levied against them.

Meanwhile, Kartoe has condemned the murder and guaranteed the safety and security of any farmer in that part of Nimba.

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Franklin Nehyalor

Franklin has been a reporter, presenter, and producer at Radio Nimba in Sanniquellie since 1997, later serving as the station's deputy news director. Franklin is also the official spokesperson for the Nimba Community Radio Association and the secretary general for the Nimba Health Reporters Network.

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