By: Joseph Titus Yekeryan
Police in Gbarnga, Bong County have charged and sent to court the Assigned Magistrate at the Bong Mines Magisterial court for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl in the area.
Richard K. Flomo Jr., age 54, is currently being transferred to the Gbarnga central prison pending court trial.
The Bong County Detachment of the Liberia National Police started investigating the matter in February following a tipoff from relatives of the survivor.
The 13-year-old rape survivor told a team of LNP fact-finding officers that in February of this year while on her way from escorting her older sister at a nearby area in the region, she met defendant Richard Flomo along the road and he for the first time proposed to her; something she told the police she refused to accept.
The survivor said since then, Defendant Flomo has allegedly been tempering with her, threatening to kill her if she tells anyone about the situation.
In a conversation with judicial reporters Tuesday following the defendant transferred to court, Police investigator Solomon Dennis Sr. said, the teenager told police that she accepted another invite from defendant Flomo and went to his house with a friend name ( withheld) adding that while sitting in the porch of the defendant’s house witnessing movies on his DVD player, he later called her in his room and forcibly took off her clothes, tied her mouth with a piece of cloth and sexually offended her.
Solomon quoted the survivor as saying that magistrate Flomo Jr. in a move to encourage the survivor, had earlier offered L$6,000 to the survivor as school fees before inviting her at his house where he allegedly raped her.
Meanwhile, defendant Richard K. Flomo Jr. declined to make any statements about the allegation levied against him by the rape survivor but promised to speak on the matter upon his appearance in court.
Per section 14. 70 (a) of the revised penal code of Liberia, coupled with the minor statement and medical report, the Liberia National Police Women and Children Protection Section on April 12 charged Magistrate Flomo and forwarded him to court for trial.
Magistrate Richard Flomo is the son of former Bong County Senator Cllr. Richard Flomo sir. Our Bong County Correspondent who followed the defendant to the court said, the court has not scheduled a date for the first hearing.
However, our correspondent says there is a likelihood that the hearing might start anytime this week. Several citizens of the County have expressed disappointments in Magistrate Flomo, calling for Justice in the matter.
However, some people also believe that it was a plot against the Magistrate to bring him down. They said only the court can establish whether Richard is guilty or not.