Man, 28 Arrested for Chopping Elder Brother over Dispute for Memory Card

Gessanken Town, Maryland County – Police in Maryland County have arrested a 28-year-old man identified as Daniel Saydee Jr. for allegedly chopping his elder brother in a fight for a memory card.

The victim, 38-year-old Lawson Barfeh was chopped multiple times on his back and hands in Gessanken Town, Barrobo Statutory District, Maryland county.

According to reports, the incident occurred recently after Saydee refused to give a memory card he had borrowed from Barfeh.

Police told K-news that Saydee is currently in detention at the Glofaken Depot awaiting investigation, while the victim Barfeh is undergoing treatment at the Glofaken Community Clinic.

Call for more police

Meanwhile, residents in Gessanken Town have expressed fear over the situation, noting that their lives are at risk due to the limited number of police officers assigned in rural Maryland.

The residents termed the continued violence in their area to the failure of police to respond timely to disputes. They said that over time, the district has had just two to three assigned police officers and several community watch forum members who they claimed have not been trained properly.

The citizens in Barrobo Statutory District through K-news called on the Ministry of Justice to assign more police officers and reconditioned the only prison center in Maryland.

During the opening of the fourth Judicial Circuit Court in February, the Resident Judge, Nelson T.Tokpa said the absence of a prison facility in the county remains a major challenge to the operation of the court.
Judge Tokpa, in his charge, said the construction of prison facilities is beyond the Court and the Judiciary Branch of Government as it is the responsibility of the Executive through the Justice Ministry to maintain, construct and renovate prison facilities across the country.

It can be recalled that the Harper prison facilities were vandalized by angry protesters which led to the escape of 91 imamates, 60 convicts, and 31 pretrial detainees.

Following the destruction and vandalizing of the prison facility, the Judge said several appeals were made by the court to the national government and international organizations to renovate the facility and to provide a vehicle to transport convicts and pretrial detainees to nearby counties for imprisonment, but all of these appeals have not yielded any results.

The absence of the prison facility has greatly impeded the function of the court throughout the county and is increasing the crime rate, the Judge said.

Since the break-in of the only prison facility in Maryland, the Government is yet to intervene. Only the former Senator of Maryland County, H. Dan Morias has launched a reconditioning effort, but the project is yet to be completed.

By: Peter P. Toe- Maryland County Correspondent

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