-One Dies, But Police Says No Evidence of A Break-In


MONROVIA-The home of former Liberian Chief Justice, Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott has reportedly attacked near Monrovia leaving one person dead and another seriously injured.

According to the report, a niece of the former Chief Justice only identified as Charlotte and another person were stabbed several times during the alleged robbery.

Charlotte, a Senior student of Starz College in Sinkor was reported to have died after efforts made by family members and hospital authorities proved futile.

The Liberia National Police has begun an investigation into the incident that took place at the Brewerville home of former Chief Justice Gloria Musu Scott on Wednesday night, leading to the death of one of her nieces.

According to a statement from the LNP, Madam Scott, who is now under appropriate Police protection, reported some days ago in a radio interview that her family had experienced several attempts from suspected burglars to enter her home at night.

“This report led to an increase in Police patrol in the area,” the release further said.

“Preliminary findings from Wednesday’s night incident which occurred about 9:30pm, as narrated by Madam Scott, revealed that a man who was part of a crew she hired to carry out some construction works at her residence remained hidden inside at the end of the work day, while his colleagues had retired for the day. The man, who Former Chief Justice Scott said she had observed during the day of looking somewhat “strange”, attacked her family at night and killed one of her daughters when he was tackled.

The Preliminary investigation shows no evidence of a break-in. The police is currently in search of the suspected robbers and urge the public to come forth with any information that will aid its investigation,” the Police’s statement added.

Who is Gloria Musu Scott?

Cllr. Scott is a member of the Liberian National Bar Association and a Co-founder of the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia.

She was an Associate Professor at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia.

She was appointed Chief Justice of the five members Supreme Court in 1997, after the court was reconstituted following the civil war and the election of Charles Taylor. In February 2003, Scott read a ruling of the court which said it did not have legal jurisdiction over the rebel Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy to stop the second civil war in order to conduct a national census prior to the aborted 2003 Elections as mandated by the 1986 Constitution of Liberia since Mr. Taylor was elected in 1997. She served on the Court until August 2003, when the transitional government under the Chairmanship later businessman, Charles G. Bryant took effect.

At the 2005 Elections, Scott became the Junior Senator for Maryland County, representing the Alliance for Peace and Democracy.

In 2008, she spoke to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission about the need to look further beyond the events of 1979.

She lost her Senatorial seat in the 2011 Elections.

Scott was the Chairperson of the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) which convened from 2013 until 2015.

The CRC visited all 73 electoral districts and collected a total of 56,729 views from citizens of Liberia on the possible amendment of the 1986 Constitution.

In this role, Scott advocated for the participation of women as well as for the education of girls. Scott presented the Committee’s final report to former Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in August 2015.

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