WESTERN BUREAU:St James High defeated Irwin High 4-1 at Jarrett Park yesterday to join Cornwall College on three points in Group A of the 2015 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup football competition, setting up a tantalising clash this Saturday between the teams.The two are highly fancied to advance from the group that also features Green Pond High.Irwin offered little by way of attacking thrust and fell behind in the 20th minute via a tap-in from Akeem Campbell at the far post for a 1-0 lead.Coached by Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, St James – champions in 2008 – started brightly and should have doubled the lead two minutes later, but Oshane Powell missed the target with Irwin’s second-string goalkeeper out of position.With Cornwall College setting the standard early in this group, it was up to St James to stamp their class on this Irwin side, and they upped the tempo to double the lead in the 44th minute through Powell’s strike.They went up 3-0 at the 65th minute when substitute Roderick ‘Chicken’ Haughton scrambled the ball over the goal line.St James’ fourth was a beauty. Ronaldo McLeish danced his way past a defender then struck a low shot past the keeper at the near post in the 72nd minute.As in their match against Cornwall on Saturday, Irwin grabbed a consolation goal, when Sachin Wilmot scored from just inside the area.no clean execution”It is good to have started with a win, which puts us in a share of the lead in the group,” Whitmore said.”It wasn’t a clean execution from my players, but it’s our first game, and now we must shift focus to Saturday’s clash with Cornwall College. We will be preparing for that match with a purpose,” Whitmore added.In the lone Group I game yesterday, Daniel Green and Alain Black netted to give Marcus Garvey Technical a 2-0 win over Browns Town – their second victory in a row. They now lead the group on six points, following Saturday’s 1-0 win over Ocho Rios. Marcus Garvey next tackle York Castle on Saturday.
The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has finally bowed to a long standing Supreme Court demand to submit documentary evidence as to whether it was paying Atty. Sam Solomon, for the seven years and six months he worked as senior prosecutor at the Monrovia City Court.The ministry agreed to the demand after Justice in Chamber, Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks threatened Minister Benedict F.Sannoh with contempt charges for failing to submit the documents. He further threatened to force the government to pay Atty. Solomon his claimed benefits in the amount of US$143, 905.88 if the documents were not submitted.Justice Banks gave government two weeks to prepare the required documents.The submission apparently reduces tension between the Supreme Court and the MOJ, which is also battling Atty. Solomon over his claim of US$143,905.88 unpaid salary and other benefits, representing 88 months, which his lawyer is seeking to compel the Liberian government to settle.A source at Justice Banks’ office hinted to the Daily Observer yesterday, “It was the County Attorney for Montserrado, Cllr. Daku Mulbah, who presented the documents on behalf of Minister Sannoh.”The source did not say what amount of payment and the number of months worked were stated on the documents presented by the Ministry of Justice to the lead government lawyer.“I don’t know how much money appeared on the document as payment to Atty. Solomon. All I do know is that the document only included allowances and other benefits. It did not include salary.“Those documents bore the signature of Atty. Solomon.” Prior to the submission, government lawyers argued that Atty. Solomon was never employed, but rather he served in the position as a volunteer, a claim Atty. Solomon has continued to deny, arguing that he was employed by the Ministry but did not receive a dime.When he was contacted by journalists at the Temple of Justice, the former senior prosecutor maintained his argument that he was employed by the Ministry of Justice, denying ever signing for any money as “allowance.”He described the ministry’s action as a “criminal attempt to subvert the payment of his just benefits.”“I have never signed for any allowance. If they say I did, let them stand before me and say it. If the Supreme Court could consider my suggestion then let them send us to do signature verification anywhere,” the senior prosecutor challenged.“These are people who are trying to bring problems between the government which I have served so diligently, and me,” adding, “I have served in the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) as a Colonel.”“I will never leave the case, and even if I die my family will still pursue it,” Atty. Solomon vowed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)