Liberian Man Pleads Guilty for Rape

first_imgA Liberian man who blamed his family for forcing him to plead guilty reluctantly admitted sexually assaulting his 16-year-old stepdaughter in 2015.Family members were not in court Friday supporting Leon Nimley, 54, when he placed his hand on a bible in court and repeatedly asked it to “forgive” him, as if the religious book was animate, for pleading guilty “against my will” to a single count of sexual assault. He is expected to spend five years in state prison, under terms of a negotiated plea agreement with prosecutors, and must serve four years and three months under the state’s No Early Release Act before he is eligible for parole.Nimley admitted he knew the girl since she was an infant and she was under his care at the time of the sexual assault. He broke down crying while Judge Robert Billmeier went over the guilty plea with him.Counts of endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact, brought against Nimley when his stepdaughter told police he repeatedly violated her, are being dismissed. Billmeier on multiple occasions asked Nimley’s attorney to relay what his client said because of Nimley’s heavy accent. Nimley must register as a sex offender as part of his agreement with prosecutors.After he finishes serving his state prison bid, Nimley will be deported to Liberia, where his attorney Thomas Numbar said his client fears being “injected with chemicals that will make him crazy.”Nimbley is scheduled for sentencing on May 13. (Source: The Trentonian newspaper of Trenton, NJ).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No effective campaign to root out police corruption

first_imgDear Editor,Police ‘shakedowns’ (demand for a bribe for an alleged moving violation) of motorists are very common on the coast of Guyana. I experienced it a few times, and countless experiences of others were related to me as I travelled around Guyana and among the diaspora. The population also feels police shakedown is a common practice, and that the Government – preceding ones also — has not done much to curb or stamp out police bribery. As many people reveal, to say elements of the police are corrupt is an understatement, as the police seek bribes in virtually every significant act; and not only from motorists alone. It is also important to note that there are some honest Police who do their work and don’t seek or take bribes, but they are a small minority.As related to me by several who had the experience, if your vehicle (minibus in particular) is from a far home distance, say from Corriverton, and you are heading up to the airport, the chance of being pulled over and experience a shakedown is high. And you could receive several shakedowns on one trip.Going to court is time-consuming, and you lose more money by being away from work. The Police have the upper hand, as the system is not in the interest of drivers or law and order on the roads.One can attempt to avoid the shakedown, with limited success.There is no effective campaign to root out police corruption, or even bad cops. The Government can take measures to clamp down on corruption. As happens in other societies; there can be sting operations. But no Government has shown courage to go after rogue cops.But do keep in mind that there are police that I and others met who really have been trying to do their jobs. They don’t have the support system, and corrupt police make them look bad.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more