Liberia: Journalist and Spouse Beaten on Bong County Marvin Cole’s Order
MONROVIA – On Saturday evening, Journalist Bettie Johnson-Mbayo and her spouse Dr. Moses Mbayo along with the principal of St. Simon Baptist school, were ordered beaten by Bong County Representative Marvin Cole.
The three were beaten after Representative Cole questioned the parking of the journalist and spouse’s vehicle near his fence.
According to him, outside of his fence was not meant to be a parking lot for anyone.
The incident occurred when the trio went to sympathize with a friend whose father had passed in Du Port Road where Representative Cole currently resides.
When Representative Cole approached the driveway where Dr. Mbayo’s vehicle was parked at the edge of the lawmaker’s fence, his driver asked for the doctor’s vehicle to be removed calmly.
Out of a sudden, Representative Cole shouted, “You A** take your vehicle from beside my fence, don’t you know who I am?”
The Doctor in return told him it was unfair for him to intrude in the discussion with insult when two drivers are discussing a civil matter.
Representative Cole disembarked his vehicle and said he was being disrespected by the trio, therefore, he ordered thugs to beat them.
One of his workers named Ishmael along with others joined in a tussle with Dr. Mbayo and ripped his underwear, shirt and trouser while St. Simon Principal was also beaten, and his shirt was ripped.
For Journalist Johnson-Mbayo she was kicked on her left leg and sustained a bruise and wound.
Meanwhile, the case was taken at the Police Station, and Officers of Zone-5 said the trio disrespected the lawmaker and requested their lawyer to sign for them.
The police did not show interest in the order of Representative Cole to thugs to beat Journalist Johnson-Mbayo and the two others.