Gbarnga — A Bong County man accused of killing his "cheating" wife Monday apologized to the deceased's family in an emotionally-filled interview he had with journalists minutes before being transferred to the Gbarnga Magisterial Court.
"I feel very hurt, very unhappy at the moment. I want to ask my wife's parents and relatives to forgive me, it wasn't my intention to do what I did. I acted on jealousy after I was misinformed by my friends that my wife was into an extra relationship with someone from a neighboring town," said 35-year-old Dolo Kollie.
Kollie faces a murder charge for killing his wife of nine children, Hawa Yarkpawolo, 43, on March 31.
Police said Kollie had a big argument with his wife on the night of her death. He accused her of having an illicit relationship with another man in the nearby town.
During the argument, he beat his wife, who then decided to divorce him. "The accused was angry at his wife for divorcing him," police said. "He then killed her by chopping her neck five times with a cutlass."
After killing her, he fled the scene. The victim's body was found the same day by her younger sister when she went to ask for her. The sister reported the discovery to the town chief who later informed the police.
Kollie was arrested one week after in Botota, Kokoyah Statutory District after police launched a manhunt.
Open apology before family members
Kollie's apology became emotional when he apologized to few of the deceased's family members who witnessed the interview with journalists at the police headquarters Monday.
During the interview, he continually looked at the deceased's older brother, Jefferson Lyeah, at one stage apologizing: "I'm so sorry I did this. I just don't know what motivated me to do what I did," he said in an oddly emotional tone.
Deceased's brother: Kollie needs to face justice
Jefferson Lyeah, the deceased's brother who witnessed Kollie's apology during his interview, said the loss of his sister is "a nightmare no family" should have to go through.
Lyeah said Kollie has inflicted a "lifetime of suffering and pain" on their family. "You have inflicted a lifetime of suffering on our family by causing this tragic death of our beloved sister," he said.
Lyeah said Kollie has a "controlling, jealous and possessive nature" and was "unable to accept the end of their relationship".
"Justice will be done. Nobody gets away with murder. Dolo will have to face justice for his action. He has brought untold pains to our family. We are devasted."
Murder cases linked to love affairs
Sordid details and betrayals appear to be the twin dominant factors behind murder cases and attempts to murder in Bong County, crime statistics with police in the county show.
According to the police data accessed by FrontPageAfrica Thursday, illicit relationships account for 60 percent of the 16 cases of murder in the county since October 2019.