8 January 2013

Liberia: More Suspicions On Nattee's Murder

The New Dawn has unimpeachable obtained the identification of an UNMIL personnel said to have reportedly resided in the compound on 12th Street Sinkor where the gruesomely mutilated body of a woman believed to be her late 30s was discovered last Friday.

Our inside source has identified the foreign expatriate as Bornfree Adile, a Ugandan serving with the United Nations Mission in Liberia with ID#001278 and mobile phone number 0770319743.

When this paper dialed the number last evening, a male voice with a foreign ascent answered and confirmed that he is Bornfree Adile. However when he was asked to explain what he knows of the murder, he immediately switched off his phone.

Speaking to this paper on Sunday, UNMIL spokesman Aleem Siddigue blatantly denied the involvement of any personnel of the Mission in the tragic death of the young lady, saying it was a complete domestic violence. Besides, Siddigue argued that no UNMIL personnel lived in the compound in which the victim's body was discovered.

There have been claims of an alleged quarrel between the victim and the UNMIL personnel, who both had been lovers over a promise to buy the young lady a car before his departure from the Mission.

Meantime, a private gate attendant in the compound has reportedly claimed he committed the murder and is being interrogated by the police. Police Spokesman Sam Collins said investigators are not aware that an UNMIL personnel was linked to the gruesome murder of victim Natee Peters, while disclosing that the 17-year-old suspect Matthew Dennis, is traumatized.

Collins said suspect Matthew Dennis was undergoing police investigation at the National Police Headquarters in Monrovia for the murder of the late Natee Peters.

On Monday, local media here widely reported that on January 4, 2013, the victim's body was discovered in a compound on 12th Street, Sinkor with multiple sources alleging that an UNMIL occupant in the premises could have committed the act, while others pointed at his 17-year-old gate attendant, Matthew Dennis.

"Matthew Dennis is traumatized. He is confused... he's not in a good frame of mind. We arrested the 17-year-old on Friday. But we are not aware of UNMIL officer's involvement; it is the media that has been reporting it. So your need to provide the information for us...", said the police spokesman.

According to bystanders on the scene, the victim, who once worked at the Chinese operated Great Wall Hotel in Sinkor, had on numerous occasions visited the compound and sometimes slept there.

One eyewitness 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. However, other eyewitnesses claimed 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. 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."

This paper further gathered that Nattee and the UNMIL guy have been in a love relationship for more than a year, and that he allegedly built a coal warehouse for her (Nattee) uncle who is said to be involved in coal business.

On Monday, some family members of the deceased stormed the offices of this paper in anger, denying that none of them ever went to the police to demand the release of suspect Matthew as earlier reported.

However, they confirmed that the late Nattee was in a love affair with UNMIL personnel for over year prior to her murder. One of the sisters angrily asked, "Who told you people that our sister wanted a car from that UNMIL man? You think we are hungry family? Our sister was working before meeting that UNMIL man."

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