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Witness testifies to seeing perpetrators with murder weapon

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first_imgAs the murder trial into the death of Antonio Isles continues, one witness has testified to seeing the deceased being beaten by several persons using a piece of wood.Two persons are currently before Justice Navindra Singh and a 12-member jury charged with the murder of Isles, 40, who was a seaman and who resided at Pike Street, Kitty, Georgetown. Isles was beaten to death by several persons at Pike Street, Kitty.Kevin Washington, 18, and Dennecia Halley, 15, are both facing the murder charge which read that between March 1 and 3, 2013, they murdered Isles. They duo were juveniles at the time of the alleged murder – Halley was 12 years old and Washington was 15 years old.According to the Police report, on March 1, 2013, the deceased was beaten by several persons at Pike Street. He was admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he subsequently succumbed to his injuries.An autopsy performed by State Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh revealed that Isles died as a result of a fractured skull.The case is being prosecuted by State Prosecutor Michael Shahoud in association with Prosecutor Orinthia Schmidt. Washington and Halley are being represented by Attorneys Peter Hugh and Dexter Todd respectively.On Wednesday, the Prosecutors continued to present their case and called an eyewitness to the stand who testified that she saw several persons attacking the deceased. She also related that one of the perpetrators was using a large piece of lumber to hit the seaman about his body. The prosecutors are expected to present more witnesses today.last_img read more

Rubber, Cocoa, Coffee Show Poor Performance in Liberia’s Economy, CBL Reports

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first_imgMajor agriculture products in the country are reported to have performed poorly within the Liberia’s economy, Central Bank of Liberia asserts.The performance of the agriculture sector was mixed, except for sawn timber, which showed an upward movement and coffee, which was produced, rubber, cocoa and ground logs declined during the first quarter of 2014 compared with the preceding quarter a year ago.According to CBL 2014 Financial and Economic Bulletin, rubber output during the quarter was 14,584 metric tons, down from 17,950 metric tons recorded at the end of December, 2013; reflecting a decline of 18.8 percent.The CBL statement noted that the reduction was mainly attributed to the fall in the world market price of the commodity during the quarter.The statement further that rubber production increased by 43.8 percent or 4,445 metric tons compares with the corresponding quarter of 2013.Cocoa & CoffeeOutput of cocoa beans at the end of March, 2014 declined by 32.6 percent to 2,012 metric tons, from 2,987 metric tons reported in the preceding quarter. The fall in output was mainly due to the slump in the global price of the commodity. The statement further that the output in the same period of 2012, cocoa production increased by 418 metric tons, representing 26.2 percent growth.The CBL’s statement further disclosed that data on coffee production was not available for the review and preceding quarters.Sawn TimberOutput of sawn timber at the end of March, 2014 was estimated at 120,722 pieces, up from 111,926 pieces; reflecting an increase of 8,796 pieces or 7.9 percent when matched against production of the previous quarter.The rise was mainly due to improvements in local demand for the commodity.Year-on-year comparison shows that current production rose by 19,761 pieces above the 100,961 pieces produced during the corresponding quarter.Round LogsTotal production of round logs at end-March, was 11,191 cubic meters, down from 13,471 cubic meters recorded during the preceding quarter.The 16.9 percent decline was largely attributed to the ongoing moratorium on Private User Permits (PUP) imposed by the Government of Liberia and corresponding quarter analysis could not be done due to data unavailability, statement quoted.GoldGold production at the end of March, 2014 was 4,059 ounces, down from 4,178 ounces recorded in the previous quarter, reflecting a decline of 2.8 percent. The fall was largely due to slowdown in global market price of the product. On an annualized basis, the production of gold also declined by 25.4 percent, from the 5,442 ounces mined at end-March 2013.DiamondThe production of diamond during the quarter recorded an increase of 3,556 carats to 17,623 carats, compared with 14,067 carats produced during the previous quarter. The rise was driven by growing alluvial mining activities due to dry season that provided easy access to diamond pits and an increase in the number of diamond fields. On a year-on-year basis, basis, diamond production during the review quarter also increased by 6,217 carats or 54.5 percent.Meanwhile, iron ore production at the end of March, 2014, totaled 1,440,430 metric tons, reflecting a quarterly decline of 3.1 percent, when matched against the output of the previous quarter.The slowdown was mainly on account of slump in the global market price of the commodity. When measure against the corresponding quarter of 2013, iron ore output in the current quarter increased by 262,930 metric tons of 22.3 percent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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