10 January 2013

Angola: Police Present Presumed Killers of Jorge Valério

Luanda — The National Criminal Investigation Department (DNIC) on Wednesday in Luanda presented the three presumed killers of the citizen Jorge Valério Coelho da Cruz "Tucho", which took place last September, in this city.

The three detained youths are João Manuel Mateus "Teodoro Bate Ngo", Victor Nsumbo Valdemiro "Baía" and Manuel Daniel Lopes Lima "Bravo".

The police have also detained Jéssica Coelho, former girlfriend of the victim.

Speaking at a press conference, the director of the DNIC, chief commissioner Eugénio Pedro Alexandre, informed that last September Jéssica Coelho asked Manuel Lima "Bravo" (her family driver) to hire somebody that could be able to get for her the mobile phone of Jorge Valério "Tucho", because it contained compromising videos of her.

The chief commissioner revealed also that the young woman promised to pay 800.000 kwanzas (USD 8.000) to the person that would do what she wanted.

Following such request, said the source, Manuel Lima spoke to two friends, namely Rodrigo Vidal "Naró" and João Mateus "Teodoro", about the criminal mission, even telling them that they would meet the person who wanted this job done and from whom they were to get more details.

He went on explaining that João Mateus "Teodoro" and Rodrigo Vidal "Naró" went to Cruzeiro ward, in Ingombota district, looking for Manuel Lima "Bravo". After finding him the three drove away in a black Toyota Hillux up to the school of Jéssica Coelho.

In that location, Manuel Lima "Bravo" presented his friends to Jéssica, informing her that his friends accepted to carry out the mission she requested.

"Jéssica Coelho informed the three men that the mission was to eliminate physically her boyfriend, because he had in his phone very compromising images of her, which he (Tucho) threatened to send to her father or post them in the social network", the police chief disclosed.

The presumed criminals, he said, requested USD 14.000 to carry out the mission, but after some negotiation they agreed on USD 8.000.

In fulfillment of the macabre plan, said the source, João Mateus "Teodoro" and Rodrigo Vidal "Naró" hired another person, named as Victor Nsumbo Valdemiro "Baía", who accepted the task to get a car and a gun, which were afterwards used in the criminal action.

According to the source, in September 2012 João Mateus "Teodoro" and Victor Valdemiro "Baía" recruited another person, named Antocha Niata, in replacement of Rodrigo Vidal "Naró". They went to Cruzeiro ward on a Toyota Starlet round about 09.00 pm and waited instructions from Bravo.

Manuel Lima "Bravo" joined the group in that same night giving them the physical characteristics of the victim and other details coming from Jéssica Coelho.

After sometime, the culprits were informed that Tucho was about to arrive in a car that would stop by the house of Jéssica Coelho.

While Tucho waited outside for Jéssica, he was surrounded by Bravo and his friends and forced into their car, then taken away.

"They grabbed the telephone of the victim and drove off to the neighbourhood of 11 de Novembro Stadium (outskirts of the city). Once there, they got Jorge Valério out of the car and started beating him up, even hitting him with concrete blocks", said the source.

The victim was then put into a water reservoir, but he managed to escape.

The culprits went after him, caught him and took him to an empty house that was being built where they continued to beat him, until they decided to suffocate him to death.

According to the police officer, the culprits gave the victim's mobile phone to Bravo and received from him USD 3.000, and a week later they received USD 3.800.

Chief commissioner Eugénio Pedro Alexandre said the police are still trying to find the whereabouts of Antocha Nieta "Tocha", as well as more evidence to sustain the accusation.

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