The New Dawn (Monrovia)

20 February 2013

Liberia: Fiancée Killer Indicted

Defendant James Kesselly has been indicted with murder by the Grand Jurors for Montserrado County for allegedly killing his fiancée Marwwoi James in the Rockspring Valley Community in Monrovia on November 4, 2012.

According to the indictment drawn at the Criminal Court "A" in Temple of Justice, the incident occurred when the accused injured victim Marwwoi with a sharp kitchen knife on her left breast while attempting to strike an alleged criminal, who had tried to force their window open while they were in bed.

Defendant Kesselly and victim Marwwoi were said to be in bed when she allegedly detected that their window was being tempered with by an unknown criminal.

But having waked her boyfriend (defendant Kesselly) from bed, he deeply stabbed the girl about five centimeters long into her breast when she allegedly stood behind him to watch in the process of striking the alleged criminal.

The accused told police investigators that while Victim Marwwoi was standing behind him, the force from the window screen stroke the knife from his hand after the criminal pushed the window, thereby gashing his fiancée's breast about five centimeters long.

The indictment said the victim bled profusely and was pronounced dead at the John F. Kennedy Hospital where she was rushed at about 5am. Police investigation also established that the defendant destroyed the incident scene as there was no one around when he allegedly murdered his girlfriend.

Police said the weapon or kitchen knife was found in the ceiling of the house and that the defendant soaked the bed sheet in water and wiped the blood from the flood in their room.

However, the police said they found that there was no force applied on defendant Kesselly's window screen, opposed to his claims.

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