The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Liberia: Jealous Boyfriend Kills Lover

Police have charged and sent to court defendant Francis Faryumbo, 26, with murder for allegedly strangulating his fiancée Lucy Beyan to death over jealousy.

A police charged sheet reports that defendant Faryumbo allegedly strangled victim Lucy to death about 30ft away from her house by twain rope around her neck when she returned home on November 19, 2012,though police say they did not find the rope on the scene.

Police investigation detailed that on the date of the incident at 10:00 AM, the deceased informed her fiancé defendant Faryumbo that she was going to submit an assignment on her school campus, said to be the E. Jonathan Goodrich High School following which she was also going to plat her hair at her friend Amelia Kerkula's house in Bassa Town.

Defendant Faryumbo accordingly waited throughout the day at the victim's parent's house where both of them were said to be residing, but did not see his girlfriend Lucy. Around 1900hrs, police say defendant Faryumbo told victim Lucy's brother that he was going toward the road to search for her since she couldn't come home.

"When he (defendant) left, he later surfaced at one of his friend's house in the same neighborhood at 2000hrs," police say.

Following conversation with his friend (unidentified), defendant Faryumbo reportedly left his friend's house and said he was going home, but was not seen at his house until 2300hrs.

However, the defendant allegedly told Lucy's father that he (defendant) was afraid to sleep alone in [his fiancée's] bed room, and that he was going to sleep to his friend's house. But police observed contradictions in defendant Faryumbo and friend's statements, concerning his alleged visit at his friend's house on Monday, November 19, 2012.

The friend allegedly told police that defendant Faryumbo earlier visited him that night and left at 2100hrs, but the defendant later called on cell phone, requesting to sleep with him (friend) while he was already in bed at 2300hrs.

On the contrary, defendant Faryumbo denied going to his friend's house earlier on Monday night at 2100hrs, but claimed that he only went there once that night after 2200hrs to sleep there.

Regarding the cell phone calls that were made on the night of November 19, 2012, defendant Faryumbo told police that his friend had beeped him while he was home and he subsequently returned the call before asking his friend to spend the night with him.

But the friend denied the claim, saying it was defendant Faryumbo that called late that night, making request to sleep with him at his house. Police have however charged the defendant with murder based on the circumstances and conflicting witness accounts gathered.

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