Police in Gbarnga, Bong County have charged a 32-year old man identified as Alvin Morris alias “Oldman” with murder and rape of an 11 year old girl identified as Little Darling Garpue.Darling Garpue went missing on January 15. Her decomposed body was discovered on Wednesday January 21 in the Jor Creek near a village called Cooper Town, an hour’s drive from Gbarnga, where the girl was living when she disappeared.Speaking to the Daily Observer in Gbarnga over the weekend, the Commander of the Crime Services Division (CSD) of the Bong County Police Detachment, Inspector Alvin James, said from the police investigation and observation, it was established that the private parts of the girl, the right breast, her tongue and the left eye were all missing.Inspector James informed this newspaper that suspect Alvin Morris has denied any involvement in the killing of the girl. But preliminary testimonies from witnesses have linked the suspect to the commission of crimes.The local CSD Commander disclosed that from the investigation it was established that the girl was raped before she was killed. Inspector James told this reporter that one witness told the police that suspect Morris kept the little girl in a local video club in their Plum Valley Community for more than nine hours and later sent another person to call the girl when it was already dark.Another witness told the police that Oldman was the last person to interact with the girl before she was raped and murdered.A third witness said suspect Alvin Morris’ girlfriend, whose name was not disclosed, sent the victim to deliver her boyfriend’s food to their room but Darling Garpue did not return. Information gathered by this newspaper revealed that suspect Morris and his girlfriend are renting the house of the deceased’s family in Gbarnga.According to information gathered, little Darling was living with her biological mother in Monrovia, but she was sent to Gbarnga to her grandmother to spend time during the health crisis and there she met her untimely death on January 21.Suspect Morris has denied any involvement in the killing of the girl but he has been charged and sent to court for prosecution.Meanwhile, family members of the deceased and some residents of Gbarnga who spoke with this reporter are appealing to the Judiciary and the Government of Liberia (GOL) for a fair and speedy trial into the murder Darling. Family members of the deceased have vowed to carry out a sit in action until a speedy trial of the case commences.The residents are also calling on the National Legislature to enact laws that will ensure harsh punishment for people who are involved in raping minors.The residents claimed the girl was ritualistically killed and are also pleading with court authorities for a fair and speedy trial into the death of the girl. At the same time, Inspector James is appealing to the public to assist the police with additional information that could lead to the prosecution of suspect Morris. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
28 May 2012The Vredefort Dome is a step closer to being formally recognised and protected under South African law, after a memorandum of agreement was signed by the government and landowners in the area on the weekend.Located about 120 kilometres southwest of Johannesburg, the Vredefort Dome is the oldest meteorite impact structure or astrobleme on earth. It resulted from a meteorite 10km in diameter crashing into earth two billion years ago.The site was added to the Unesco World Heritage list in July 2005 – being described as having “outstanding universal value to human kind” – and was intended to be proclaimed in terms of national legislation. It was gazetted in December 2007, but has not yet been proclaimed due to concerns raised by landowners.The signing of the agreement will pave the way for the proclamation of the area and appointment of a management authority which will serve as a precursor for the development of an integrated management plan.Edna Molewa, minister of water and environmental affairs, said the agreement will give the area a formal status like other sites such as Robben Island, iSimangaliso, Mapungubwe, Cape Floral Region, Richtersveld, uKhahlamba Drakensberg, and the fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa encompassing the Cradle of Humankind, Taung Skull and Makapan Valley.The management system will address issues relating to the preservation of archaeological sites, land use management and zoning, pollution and waste management, water resource and fire management.As part of this management system, tourism development will be ensured in order to support local economic development.Molewa said they had addressed most of the concerns and established a multi-stakeholder steering committee for coordination purposes.She added that her department would be embarking on a consultation process towards final proclamation of the area as a World Heritage Site.“The management authority will be given full powers and resources to manage the area in terms of relevant policies in order to maintain the highest management standards in terms of an integrated management system and ensure full compliance with Unesco World Heritage prescripts and South Africa’s World Heritage Convention Act of 1999,” said the minister.Source: BuaNews
District of Columbia issued a notice advising on how the sales and use tax increases will apply to contracts and leases Sales and use tax rates increased in the District, effective October 1, 2018.Retail Payments Under ContractFor retail contracts entered into before October 1, 2018, payments received:– before October 1, 2018 are subject to the 5.75% rate;,– after October 1, 2018 are subject to the 6% rate.Lease and Rental PaymentsThe increased rates for rentals and leases of motor vehicles and other personal property apply to lease periods beginning on or after October 1, 2018. Generally, sales tax applies to each rental or lease period.New Sales and Use Tax RatesThe notice also lists all of the increased sales and use tax rates.OTR Notice 2018-04, District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue, December 19, 2018, ¶200-773Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza crashed out in the first round of the women singles event in the Wimbledon after slumping to a straight set defeat against Angelique Kerber of Germany here on Monday.The 113th ranked Sania, who is making her comeback to the courts after a three-month injury lay-off, lost 4-6 1-6 to the 55th ranked Kerber in little more than an hour.Sania, who recently married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, still has a chance to make amends for the opening round loss in the singles as she will compete in the doubles event of the grass court Grand Slam, partnering Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.The Indo-Dane duo wil be up against Anne Keothavong and Melanie South of Great Britain in the opening round.