The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of New York has announced that Somorie Moses, who is also known as Sugar Bear, has confessed to the murder of his prostitute girlfriend and the sex trafficking of eight other women. Sugar Bear, a notorious Brooklyn pimp, has a reputation for his extreme acts of violence, according to reports by Fox News.
According to prosecutors, on January 13, 2017, Moses allegedly beat Leondra Foster, who was 32 years old at the time, to death in the apartment they shared. It is further alleged that he then proceeded to dismember her body using a saw and knife.
Four days later, he disposed of her torso and limbs at a sanitation site in the Bronx, New York.
The police found Foster’s severed head, hands, and feet, including a foot with the name “Somorie” tattooed on it, in a deep freezer at Moses’ residence in Brooklyn.
On September 15, Moses, who is 47 years old, pleaded guilty. According to Fox News, in 2019, he was convicted of concealment of a corpse and criminally negligent homicide in a Brooklyn state court. However, he was acquitted of murder charges.
He was acquitted of the murder of Leondra Foster in November 2019, as determined by the Brooklyn criminal court.
During the trial in 2019, Moses’ lawyer, Julie Clark, presented the argument that he could not have been responsible for the murder of Leondra Foster. The basis of this argument was that Moses, being a businessman, had no motive to harm her as it would negatively impact his financial interests. However, the defence admitted that he had dismembered her deceased body and hidden her remains.
Had he not been rearrested by the federal authorities on charges of murder in relation to sex trafficking, which was the first instance of utilising a newly enacted federal statute, as stated by the United States Attorney’s Office, he would have been eligible for parole in May 2022.
In his previous court case, Moses admitted to dismembering Foster’s remains but maintained that he did not commit the act of killing her. During his testimony, he admitted to earning money as a “pimp” for a period of twenty years and acknowledged physically assaulting Foster by admitting to causing multiple black eyes.
Court documents confirm that federal investigators have discovered two individuals who are prepared to testify that the pimp confessed to them about Foster’s murder, following Moses’ state trial.
“While the defendant’s total admission of guilty cannot undo the terrible harm he has caused, we hope it will bring a measure of closure to his victims who suffered the defendant’s extreme cruelty and brutality, and to the family of Ms. Foster,” stated U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Breon Peace, in the press release.
Although the defendant’s complete admission of guilt cannot reverse the immense harm he has inflicted, we anticipate that it will provide some level of closure to his victims, who endured his extreme cruelty and brutality, as well as to Ms. Foster’s family.
Moses, who is also known by the aliases “Somorie Barfield,” “Sugar Bear,” “Bear,” and “Daddy,” is currently facing a potential prison sentence of 15 years to life.
Prosecutors further stated that Moses has been pressuring his victims since at least 2003 to tattoo his name on their bodies. He has been accused of using violence, threats of violence, and psychological manipulation to force women and girls, including minors, into prostitution for his own benefit.
The press release from the USAO confirmed that Moses allegedly deceived his victims by using false notions of love and marriage to engage in sexual relationships with them. He then allegedly coerced them into working as prostitutes and demanded that they hand over the money they earned to him.
According to court documents obtained by Fox News Digital, when one of Moses’ victims attempted to leave prostitution, he subjected her to torture using a Taser until she ultimately gave in.
Moses assaulted another woman by slashing her arms and back and then proceeded to beat her with a belt. As if that wasn’t enough, he also poured lemon juice on her, causing permanent scarring.
According to the documents, a third woman was subjected to a beating with an extension cord. Following this, Moses proceeded to threaten her by suggesting he would rub salt on her wounds.
It is alleged that Moses held a loaded gun in the mouth of a fourth woman, who expressed her desire to quit working as a prostitute. He reportedly threatened to harm both her and her child.
A statement from prosecutors further explained that before Moses faced new federal charges, many of his victims had expressed significant concerns about their safety.
Records from the New York sex offender registry show that Moses has been convicted of felony charges related to the attempted promotion of prostitution and profiting from the prostitution of a person under 16.
Man allegedly kills pregnant girlfriend and hides body in fridge
A South African man named Jabulani Nkosi has been accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend, Boitsoko Letoaba, and concealing her body in a fridge for days.
The shocking incident occurred in the town of Evander, Mpumalanga, and has sent shockwaves throughout the community.
In the midst of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence against women and children, the residents of Evander were left terrified after witnessing a horrific scene of the gruesome murder.
It is alleged that the suspect kept the pregnant woman in the fridge before setting the house on fire.
It is further alleged that the deceased and suspect have been in a love relationship and have been staying together.
Further allegations are that the suspect mutilated the deceased’s body.
Nkosi has not yet been arrested, and the police are trying hard to lay hands on him for clarification.
The motive for the killing is still unclear, but the police believe that it may have been a domestic violence incident.
Letoaba’s family and friends are grieving over her passing and are pleading for justice.
News of her death has sent shockwaves through the Evander community.
Many residents are finding it hard to come to terms with the tragedy.
“This is a terrible tragedy,” said one local resident. “Boitsoko was a kind and loving person. We can’t believe that she is gone.”
Another resident said, “I hope that the justice system will bring the perpetrator to justice. This is a senseless act of violence.”
Domestic violence is a serious problem in South Africa.
According to a 2021 study by the Medical Research Council, one in three women in South Africa have experienced physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner.
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Gunfire Erupts in Guinea-Bissau Capital
Gunfire erupted in the capital of Guinea-Bissau on Friday morning following an attempt by National Guard soldiers to free a detained minister and a senior state official. The National Guard members initially took the officials into custody before seeking refuge in barracks south of the capital.
Efforts to negotiate a resolution failed, leading to the intervention of special forces and an ensuing exchange of gunfire. Eventually, calm was restored later in the day.
The detained individuals, Finance Minister Souleiman Seidi and Secretary of State for the Treasury Antonio Monteiro were under investigation for the alleged irregular withdrawal of $10 million (£8 million) of state funds. An anti-corruption investigation had questioned them the day before regarding payments made to 11 companies.
During a parliamentary session earlier in the week, the leader of the main opposition party claimed that the companies’ owners had close ties to the country’s governing coalition leaders. Mr. Seidi defended the payments as legal.
After Thursday’s questioning, both Seidi and Monteiro were arrested and detained to avoid jeopardising the ongoing investigations, according to local media reports. Later that evening, National Guard soldiers reportedly stormed the police cells near Bandim market, armed with AK-47 weapons and bazookas, and freed the detained officials, taking them to an undisclosed location.
President Umaro Sissoco Embalo, who is currently attending the UN’s COP28 climate conference in Dubai, was not present during the incident. In response to the situation, regional stabilisation forces deployed by the West African bloc, Ecowas, were observed patrolling the streets on Friday morning, as reported by the AFP news agency.
Guinea-Bissau has a history of coups and attempted coups since gaining independence from Portugal in 1974. In February of the previous year, the president claimed to have survived a coup attempt linked to drug trafficking, although details remained unclear, leading to skepticism and unanswered questions about the events surrounding the incident.
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Cameroonian women honoured with German Prize for Africa
By Tata Mbunwe
Women who have been championing peace and humanitarian work in Cameroon have been honoured with the German Prize for Africa 2023.
The recognition was handed to three representatives of the National Women’s Convention for Peace in Cameroon – Esther Omam, Sally Mboumien and Marthe Wandou – in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 30.
The ceremony was presided over by Katrin Göring-Eckardt, Vice-President of the German Parliament.
The award acknowledges the enormous efforts of these three women – who stand as the face of the National Women’s Convention – in empowering women facing conflict, gender inequality and economic hardship.
“This is a great recognition for the work of women peace builders,” said Esther Omam.
“The members of the platform are happy to accept this act of recognition on behalf of all the women of Cameroon, those living in conflict zones and those committed to building peace at all levels and in all senses,” she added.
The convention is the largest grouping for women in Cameroon. Created in January 2021, the body consists of 77 organizations that are advocating for peace in the country.
They held their first national convention in July 2021 in Yaounde, with nearly 1,800 women from across Cameroon in attendance.
After the convention, Esther Omam, Sally Mboumien and Marthe Wandou have continued championing peace and humanitarian works in the country.
Omam, who is from the South West, through her Reach Out organization, continues to provide healthcare, education, economic empowerment and psychosocial support to women affected by the Anglophone Crisis.
On her part, Sally Mboumien, a rights activist from Cameroon’s Far North Region, has been helping women affected by the Boko Haram conflict to regain their livelihoods through education and economic empowerment.
In the North West, Marthe Wandou has also helped thousands of women in the Region, affected by armed conflict, access education.
“Together, we have built an alliance that is stronger, louder and more numerous than those who profit from war,” Sally Mboumien told DW.
“We are ready to dialogue, ready to mediate, ready to support initiatives.”
The German Africa Foundation’s award comes as a recognition of the efforts of these women.
The award has been honoring African personalities since 1993.
The prize goes to outstanding individuals who are committed to peace, democracy, reconciliation, arts and culture and social progress.
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