The case of Antoinette Nettie Peter, a Liberian woman stabbed to death in her boyfriend’s bedroom has opened at Criminal Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice.
Ms. Peter was a fiancée of Bonfrer Adidee, a Ugandan national and an employee of the Civil Affairs Section of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
Nettie, as she was called, was allegedly stabbed to death with a kitchen knife by one of her private security guards, defendant Jefferson Dahn, on January 3, 2013 at her 12th Street, Sinkor, compound.
The claimed, Defendant Dahn denied when he appeared before the Court.
At Tuesday, May 20th hearing, family members including the deceased’s father and mother wept uncontrollably in open court, when prosecution’s second witness, Eddie Kun, an investigator of the Liberia National Police (LNP) took the stand. They were consoled by the state lawyers.
But defendant Dahn dressed in an orange suit sat behind his legal team with his head bow during yesterday’s hearing.
Interestingly, Adidee could not be seen in the court Tuesday, because, according to report, he had left the country, leaving behind the entire case.
It is not clear whether he will be asked to come and testify in the case.
In his testimony, Kun alleged that another police officer identified as Patrolman Anthony Dalieh called them, investigators and said, defendant Dahn informed him that he killed his bossman, Adidee’s girlfriend as a result of confusion and asked him not to tell anybody.
“When we got the information, we immediately went with a forensic laboratory team and UNMIL officers to the crime scene,” the police investigator explained.
Before, they could arrive at the compound; group of officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) had already covered the area, according to Kun.
He further alleged when they entered the compound, they met another private security officer only identified as “Hopking.”
When they asked Hopking what he was doing in the compound, he quoted Hopking as saying, “My bossman, Bonfrer called and informed me that there was a situation unfolding at his compound and wanted me to go there and find out what was going on.”
According to him, Hopking also explained to him that Bonfrer got the information from one of his UN’s friends, who he alleged, saw a huge crowd at his compound, while he was on his way for lunch.
He further alleged that it was during the searched of the compound that they found defendant Dahn hiding in the closet.
“We caught him confused and half naked with only his militant jean trousers with a substance believed to be blood on it,” the investigator told the Court.
“We also found with him a broken handle of a wooded kitchen knife, a bunch of keys belonging to the late Nettie and US$200,” he alleged.
Giving details of defendant Dahn’s investigation with the police, Kun said that in the presence of his mother and aunt, Dahn denied murdering Nettie, claiming “Bonfrer was the perpetrator and he assisted in the process.”
He further claimed that Bonfrer offered him US$600, two phones, and a laptop so that he could take the body away from his (Bonfrer’s) room to the kitchen, according to Kun.
Asked by defense team, whether they investigated the defendant’s claimed under such circumstance? He replied “yes, we did.”
Furthered asked what his investigation realized? He again replied, “The allegation was false and only meant to mislead the investigation.”
Asked how did he get to know that the allegation was false?
Kun response, “We reconstructed the crime scene, talked to witnesses to include Mr. Bonfrer Adidee himself in our efforts to prove or to disprove said allegation.”
Asked how was it proved? “It was establihsed that on the morning of the incident the only person on the crime scene were defendant Dahn and the victim Nettie.”
“Both of them were the only occupants of the residence from 8 a.m., until information was disclosed that there was an alleged homicide on the premises.”
According to him, they established that Adidee did not leave his work at the UNMIL’s Headquarters until he was requested by the investigator to come on the scene. “No witnesses provided testimony that Adidee was seeing entering or leaving the compound either by vehicle or on foot on the morning of the incident. Apart from the time he left for work at about 7:45 a.m.,” Kun alleged.