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Final ruling in a rape case involving a 72-year-old man who allegedly raped a nine-year-old girl is expected to be handed down Thursday September 24, 2015 by the Tenth Judicial Circuit Court in Voinjama.

According to our correspondent, 72 year-old Tamba Yamai was arrested and charged on December 15, 2014 for allegedly raping lass in the Belebelida Town of Foya District. Our correspondent said during final arguments on September 18, 2015, defense lawyers representing Defendant Yamai argued that the government through its lawyer failed to prove beyond all reasonable doubts that the he committed the crime on grounds that there were contradictions from state witnesses and as such the defendant should not be held reliable of the crime.

The Government of Liberia, represented by the prosecution team, argued that the government provided medical reports from the Foya Borma Hospital and the ELWA Hospital, police charge sheet and witnesses whose testimonies went parallel.

Following the arguments, a 12-man petit jury was then charged by Judge Nancy Sammy to cross examine all of the arguments, including documents of the said case to give their verdict.

Meanwhile, eight of the jurors in the verdict said the defendant is guilty of the crime as compared to the other four who said he was not guilty. Our correspondent said Judge Sammy then instructed the probation team to conduct a pre-sentence investigation in the case and report to the court on its findings or before Wednesday September 23, before the final ruling on Thursday.

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