10 January 2013

Liberia: Unmil Backtracks

After previous denial that none of its members ever had any relationship with the victim or lived in the 12th Street compound where the mutilated body of a woman identified as Nattee Peters, believed to be in her late 30s, was discovered last week Friday, the United Nations Mission in Liberia has confirmed that the victim was a domestic employee of an UNMIL personnel.

UNMIL has however stopped short of revealing the identity of the personnel in question, but on Monday this week The New Dawn unimpeachably obtained the name of an Ugandan, Bornfree Adile, serving with the United Nations Mission in Liberia with ID#001278 and mobile phone number 0770319743 as an occupant of the 12th Street compound were the murder was discovered.

When this paper Monday dialled the number, a male voice with a foreign ascent confirmed that he is Bornfree Adile. However when he was asked to explain what he knew of the murder, he immediately switched off his phone.

At a news conference here Wednesday UNMIL spokesman Aleem Siddigue in a rather twisted tongue admitted that the lady murdered in the compound was a domestic worker of a staff of the Mission, but declined to confirm or disclose his name despite numerous questions from the media.

Siddigue urged the media here to stop the investigation of the murder on the front pages of newspapers to give the police an opportunity to do their job. He extended condolence to the deceased family and assured UNMIL's commitment to the investigation. Siddigue challenged Liberians to have confidence in the police as they probe the murder.

Multiple sources have alleged that an UNMIL expatriate Bornfree Adile from Uganda, with ID#001278 and mobile phone number 0770319743 could have committed the act, while others pointed at his 17-year-old gate attendant, Matthew Dennis, who according to the Liberia National Police, has claimed responsibility .

Police Spokesman Sam Collins said Monday that investigators are not aware that an UNMIL employee 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 investigation at the National Police Headquarters in Monrovia for the murder of the late Natee Peters.

"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, Monrovia had on numerous occasions visited the compound and sometimes slept there.

One eyewitness 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 Matthew 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. Other eyewitnesses claimed the alleged explanation being circulated is mere 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 lovers for more than a year, and that he allegedly built a coal warehouse for her (Nattee's) 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 an UNMIL staff 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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