New Democrat (Monrovia)

Liberia: Jilted Lover Kills Girlfriend

A 22-year-old mother of two children had a tragic peel of the resultant effect of love that went sour Saturday evening when her 26-year old boyfriend swiftly went wild and stabbed her to death.

The trouble began at their residence on Capitol Bye Pass behind the Cellcom head office in Monrovia where James Kessely, fiancé to late Nancy Maiwo, commonly known as Wubu, wanted to bring his other girlfriend - with a new born baby - to live with them in a room they were occupying.

The story goes that Nancy furiously rejected her boyfriends' wish on grounds that he didn't have the means to earn an income since he was not gainfully employed.

She then left the house to report the matter to her mother. When she returned home that fateful night, the matter went out of hand with Kesselly reportedly taking a knife stabbing her to bleed profusely.

In the early hours of November 4, Kesselly reportedly called a neighbor to say that his girlfriend was bleeding from serious wounds she had sustained from an armed robber who had allegedly stabbed her from the window. He then asked the neighbor to assist him carry the bleeding woman to hospital. But she died on the way to the hospital.

Mr. Forkpa Gizzie, uncle of the deceased, who narrated the incident, said when family members heard the stunning news, they promptly alerted the police. A police homicide squad, along with family members then drove to the scene and Kesselly was arrested as a prime suspect, he said.

In his statement to the police, Kesselly reportedly said an armed robber stabbed his girlfriend through the window while they were asleep.

But inside the house, Mr. Gizzie said family members observed no break in the front door, the room door and the window. "What drew our suspicion was that when we arrived at the scene of the crime, we saw no traces of blood on the floor; they were wiped. The cloth that was used to wipe the blood was seen in a tub in the room," he said.

On November 6, at about 4 pm, police summoned family members of the deceased to the headquarters to hear what the accused wanted to say. "He admitted to killing the girl but said it was a mistake," Mr. Gizzie said.

"We the family members, consistent with the conflicting nature of the statements made by the accused, are requesting the government to thoroughly investigate this murder case with all the speed it requires. We further request the Solicitor General to conduct an autopsy on the mortal remains of our daughter in order to shed light on the circumstances of her death," Mr. Gizzie pleaded.

He said they have also written several organizations, including the Lofa County Bar and Female Lawyers Association for their moral and legal support to ensure impartial justice in the matter.

Suspect Kessely is currently locked up at the police station; hence we were unable to get direct comments from him.

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