Reports filtering in from Gbalatuah, (formerly Tolbert Farm) in the Zota District, Bong County, say that a 20-old woman, identified as Hanna Flomo, was recently gang-raped to death by a number of unknown individuals.
According to one of the members of the independent coroner’s jury constituted by the leadership of the town to investigate circumstances surrounding the death of Ms. Flomo, established that the deceased suffered from multiple rape.
One of the jurors—who begged for anonymity— explained that three used condoms were inserted in the deceased with each filled with sperm, presumed introduced by the alleged rapists.
He told this paper that his committee agreed that the deceased’s breasts were cut, while there were scars under her armpits.
“The committee found evidence to establish foul-play in connection with what is obviously a homicide. We compiled a comprehensive report, my brother, but that report mysteriously disappeared and has never been found.”
The committee is accusing the town leadership of being in possession of the document, while on the other hand, the town leadership is pointing fingers at the committee for taking away the report,” he declared, shaking his head in disappointment.
Explaining further, this committee member intoned that on January 1, 2014, which was New Year’s Day, the deceased was seen with three unfamiliar young gentlemen drinking mixed liquor ranging from beer, stout, 8 PM, and the local palm wine.
When they realized that they had over-dosed her with the liquor, the three said that they were taking the deceased to her house to sleep, the juror member disclosed.
“This looks like an organized crime because the manner in which things were handled—from the town administration level to the security—is quite unsatisfactory. Moreover, the woman was buried on January 3, at 3 a.m., something very unusual” the coroner’s jury-member revealed.
He could not say whether an arrest had been made, but confirmed that the perpetrators were on the run.
According to information Hanna Flomo graduated from the St Peter’s Episcopal High School in Gbarnga during 2012/2013 school year; she had gone to Gbalatuah to spend the holidays with maternal family.
Speaking to this paper through an interpreter, the aunt of the deceased, Kebbeh Flomo said that late in the evening, on New Year’s Day, three gentlemen escorted their victim to the house on their shoulders, explaining that she had been over-come with liquor—and that she needed rest.
“They took her into her room and we did not check on her until the next day—by which time, the men had left. We thought she was suffering from the dizziness,” Ma Kebbeh Flomo explained with tears streaming down her cheeks.
Kebbeh Flomo informed this paper that officers, who appeared on the crime scene to conduct a preliminary investigation, requested that she paid L$3,000 to get the investigation underway.
Meanwhile, police in Gbarnga say the Liberia National Police, along with the United Nations Police, (UNPOL) have launched a vigorous security search for the alleged rapists. They assured the citizens that the security apparatus would do everything to bring the perpetrators to justice.
A senior police officer, who preferred not to be named, confided to this paper that the police was questioning a man identified as Boimah Jah, who is suspected of being an accomplice of the others, who are still on the run.
“As soon as we conclude the investigation, the press will be duly informed. I think we are heading somewhere positive,” the police officer said.
At the same time, family members of the late Hanna Flomo are calling on the Liberian Government and the Liberia National Police to send what they termed neutral security to conduct a transparent investigation into the brutal murder of Hanna Flomo.
A teacher of the William R. Tolbert High School in Gbalatuah, Jackson Mulbah, said the latest incident might discourage parents who want to send their children to the recently-renovated school’s dormitory.