Police in Bong County have charged and sent to court a man believed to be in his early 30s for allegedly murdering his fiancée while having sexual intercourse with her in Gbogbota, Sannoyea District, Bong County. Tegeh Ricks was sent to court after preliminary police investigation.
According to the report, Defendant Ricks had earlier approached Victim Kpanah Duanah and the two had been in a love relationship for the past few weeks.
Our Bong County Correspondent gathered that on Sunday, July 29, 2018, Defendant Ricks asked Victim Duanah to pay him a courtesy visit which she did.
However, the INSIGHT gathered that the next morning, Kpanah Duanah was found dead in the Defendant’s house with her clothes removed.
The INSIGHT also understands that when the incident occurred on July 29, 2018, some residents of the region attempted to compromise the case. The Police were however, notified about the incident by one of the family members of the Victim.
Little Maybe D-man, a family member, told the Bong County Police that she came from a Church Program on the night the incident occurred. She narrated that while she (Little Maybe D-man) was sitting in front of the house, Defendant Ricks and Victim Duanah were having fine time together in his room.
“While sitting there, I saw Uncle Ricks coming from the backyard of the house and he later went to call some of his relatives. When the relatives came, they stood for a while but they were a bit far from me, so I could not hear what they were saying,” Maybe added.
“I sat on the porch and watched them, but they kept talking, so I went to bed.”
According to her, while going to bed, she decided to look in Uncle Rick’s room but out of shock, she saw the body of Kpanah Duanah who is also believed to be in her early 30s.
“When I saw Kpanah, I was afraid, so I quickly went to bed until the next morning when I again saw the body of Kpanah naked right before the house and that’s why I decided to tell the Police,” Maybe added.
Our Bong County Correspondent says when Little Maybe earlier informed the family members of Kpanah, they (Families) quickly arrested Defendant Ricks and turned him over to the Liberia National Police.
The Police then setup a 15-man jury to examine the body to ensure the actual cause of Duanah’s death.
After physical investigation, the 15-man jury reported that there was a major foul play relating to Duanah’s death.
According to the jurors’ report, there were marks on the feet of the victim, with blood on her back. Her neck was also broken.
After the Police Investigation, the Commander of the Crime Services Division of the Liberia National Police Bong County Detachment, John Kellenso Flomo charged Defendant Ricks and sent him to court on Monday, August 6, 2018.
Also speaking to our Correspondent, Defendant Ricks stated that while he and the woman were having an affair in his room, she (Victim Duanah) “started behaving unconscious” and he quickly left the room to call some of his relatives.
He claimed that while he had gone out to make the call, victim Kpanah died in the room (where they were having fine time).
“After I knew that she has died, my Uncles Pokpah Kerkulah and Gormree Kerkulah advised me to take the victim’s body to her house and they helped me to quickly do that,” Ricks told our Correspondent.
Defendant Ricks however contends that he knows nothing about the cause of Kpanah Duanah’s death.
Defendant Ricks therefore wants the 9th Judiciary Circuit Court in Gbarnga, Bong County, to critically look in to the matter void of any self-interest.
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