The New Dawn (Monrovia)

7 January 2013

Liberia: Who Kills Nattee - UNMIL or Gate Attendant?

Investigation into the brutal death of a woman believed to be in her late 30s discovered in a compound on 12th Street, Sinkor has begun in Monrovia, with multiple sources alleging that an UNMIL Kenyan occupant could have committed the act, while others pointed at his 17 year-old gate attendant, Matthew Dennis.

But UNMIL spokesman Aleem Siddigue denied the involvement of any personnel of the Mission in the tragic death of the young lady, saying it was a complete domestic violence. He said no UNMIL personnel live in the said compound.

But this paper has gathered from the victim's family that indeed the occupant of the compound is an UNMIL Kenyan Civil Affairs personnel who is on the verge on leaving the Mission; and that there has been a quarrel between the victim and the UNMIL personnel yet to be identified over what was his promise to buy the young lady a car before his departure.

This paper has independently learned that the late Nattee's parents are demanding the immediate release of Matthew pressing his innocence, while seeking the arrest of the UNMIL Kenyan staff whose identity is still being withheld by police investigators.

The butchered body of Nartee Peters, the victim, was discovered on Friday, January 4, 2013.

The victim, who once worked at the Great Wall Hotel, according to bystanders, on numerous occasions visited the compound and sometimes slept there. Matthew, the gate attendant was arrested on the day of the murder, with allegation that he committed the murder with a kitchen knife.

One eye wittiness account said Matthew had admitted that the deceased was his girlfriend, but she insulted his mother and at the same time took his money, something that led to a heated argument.

The source added, that Mattew claimed the late Nattee mobbed him with a wood, an action that prompted him to burst her two eyes with a knife, slashed her throat like a chicken before stabbing her in the face, back and feet. It is not yet established whether any body parts were extracted during the murder.

However, this paper has also gathered from other eyewitnesses that the alleged explanation being circulated is just a cover up and that the actual perpetrator is the UNMIL staff.

A very close friend of the late Nattee, Monica Duncan said: "I know her personally. She was my close friend. I remembered one time I asked her why do you always sleep in that fence that people hardly entered, and she told me that she had her UNMIL boyfriend there."

Family sources also informed this paper that Nattee and the UNMIL guy have been in a love relationship for more than a year, and he built a coal warehouse for her (Nattee) uncle who is said to be involved in coal business. Efforts by reporters to enter the compound to view the body were seriously resisted by officers Liberia National Police Support Unit (PSU).

However, the New Dawn Reporter peeped into the fence and spotted an UNMIL vehicle with license plate UNMIL 1506 parked, apparently belonging to the UNMIL personnel in question.

Few years ago, another body believed to be a prostitute identified as "big Jue' or Mamie was also found in front of the same fence where Nattee's body has been discovered. The said prostitute was beaten and scrapped naked with a broken neck and bruises over her body. The late Nattee Peters was found dead half naked with her trousers down to her knees without a blouse except a black bra.

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