MONROVIA: Former Presidential Press Secretary, Jerelimik Mathew Piah, has praised the Paynesville Magisterial Court for sentencing Andrew Anderson, a man who was found Guilty of simple assault for violence against his own wife.
Anderson was on January 18, 2023, found guilty of simple assault. According to the court’s ruling, convict Anderson will spend three months in prison beginning January 18, 2023 and pay a fine as well as the medical bills and legal expenses of the victim.
Anderson who is the Program Manager of the state-owned National Investment Commission (NIC), is facing 90-day imprisonment.
Last year, the NIC official was issued a Writ of Arrest to answer charges of domestic violence, disorderly conduct, and menacing and simple assault committed against his wife.
The writ was issued based on a complaint filed to the Paynesville Magisterial where Mrs. Lorraine D. Anderson, stated that her husband on numerous occasions insulted her and even threatened her life.
She narrated to the court that Andrew Anderson has been in the habit of hitting on her, something that prompted her to leave her home since July last year, leaving her three kids behind for the sake of peace and to stay alive.
Mr. Piah who was one of the panelists on the “Class Reloaded” Phone –In Talk Show Air on various radio stations this week used the occasion to call on the government of Liberia to take more actions to end violence against women and girls in the country.
He said the Paynesville Magisterial court’s ruling against Anderson will serve as a deterrent to other individuals who are engage in domestic violence.
According to him, the ruling of the Paynesville Magisterial Court, sentencing convict Andrew
Anderson to jail at the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP), is a victory for justice.