By O’Neill A. R.Philips
Criminal Court “A” at the Temple of Justice has begun the prosecution of two men identified as Isaac Gboeking, Jr. and Isaac Gboeking, both father and son for allegedly damaging the left eye of a private citizen identified as Johnny Hill.
The defendants were arrested by officer Halvin A. Page of the Liberia National Police (LNP) Crime Against Person Unit, and acquainted the defendants with their Constitution Rights, investigated and consequently charged with the commission of the crimes aggravated assault and criminal facilitation.
According to court record, on August 23, 2019 in the area of Pipeline Catholic Junction Community in the city of Paynesville, the defendants with criminal mind and intent severely caused bodily injury to the peaceful body of Mr. Hill.
The Defendants, according to court record spilled liquid substance in a small cholera bottle believed to be acid directly into the face of the victim, thereby caused damage and paralyzed the normal function of the private prosecutor’s left eye.
The court document explained that while the victim and court officers of the Civil Law Court were executing the service of a “Writ of Possession” on defendant Isaac and his son, as a result of a disputed property, the defendants allegedly attacked Mr. Hill with acid-water in a small cholera bottle and spilled same unto his face, hence, burst and damaged his left eye.
A person is guilty of aggravated assault if he causes serious bodily injury to another person purposely, knowingly and recklessly with deadly weapon.
State prosecutors have produced several witnesses to include victim Johnny Hill, Evera Goe, Stephen Kieh, Darious Diggs, Halvin A. Page and documentary evidence relative to the case.
The case continues as State prosecutors are expected to conclude with the production of oral and documentary evidence.
After the production of evidence and testimonies by the State, the defendants will take the witness stand to counter argue against the State.