A 36-year-old man accused of stabbing a Guinean to death with a knife last Friday appeared before the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice.
The incident occurred on April 22, at the Point Four junction in Monrovia, according to court records.
Suspect James Nippy, commonly known as “Karbongo” was remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison to face multiple charges of murder, criminal attempt to commit murder and aggravated assault. These charges are non-bailable offences under Liberian law.
It is alleged that the suspect stabbed the victim several times in the neck and the back with a knife at the Point Four junction. The victim bled profusely until his arrival at the Redemption Hospital where he was pronounced dead by a medical doctor.
The deceased is identified as Abdullah Kromah, 26.
Court documents quoted police as saying, “Defendant Karbongo during our investigation said he drank heavily that night and could not remember anything neither stabbing his victim, Kromah. What he can remember was that the victim hit him on the left side of his head with a bottle.
“He said he can only remember when he and the victim jumped into a fight after Kromah insulted one of his fiancée’s friends, identified as Mimi Girl, at a local club, Abuja Lucky Entertainment Center.”
Also quoting an eyewitness, police allege that Byfor Jalloh, also a Guinean national, alleged that on April 22, at about 10:30 p.m., he came from watching a football game at the Two Nations Entertainment center on Bushrod Island.
“Upon his arrival at that junction, he met the defendant and five of his friends beating the victim, who was lying on the ground,” police documents quoted Jalloh.
Jalloh alleged that he tried talking with Karbongo and the other people to leave the victim. Unfortunately, the eyewitness alleged, Karbongo and his colleagues refused to listen to him.
Based on their refusal, Jalloh further alleged, he jumped in the fight by slapping one of the three girls who, he said, held a piece of broken bottle which she used to hit the victim.
He further alleged that during that period, Karbongo left the area.
He said, they took advantage of Karbongo’s departure and ran to seek protection at the Zone One Police Depot.
Surprisingly, at the police station, police quoted Jalloh as saying, “While they were running, Karbongo took the short cut behind the Mandela football field and met us in front of the New Era High School.”
It was at that junction, Police further quoted the eyewitness saying that, “he saw Karbongo with a knife along with two other fellows behind him.”
Unfortunately, the records said, “While the victim was running away he slipped and fell on the ground. It was then that he started to stab the victim on his neck and back.”
According to Jalloh, after Karbongo stabbed his victim, Karbongo also stabbed him on his left hand.