Liberia: Man Allegedly Kills Girlfriend with Acid


Bong County – Police in Bong County has charged and sent to court a 39-year-old man for allegedly murdering his girlfriend.

Defendant Tetoe Sumo is accused of wasting acid on Gormah Womah on April 28, 2018 at about 11am in the Gboenwear Town, Yelequelleh District.

He accused Gormah of having an affair with a night school principal only identified as Avila.

Sumo further alleged that on several occasions he returned home from their farm and saw Avila around his (Sumo) home.

Following the acid attack on Gormah, she was rushed at the Phebe Hospital but subsequently died while receiving treatment.

Speaking in an interview with a LocalVoicesLiberia reporter at the police headquarters in Gbarnga, defendant Sumo admitted to the commission of the crime.

“Let the law takes its course. I committed a serious crime against the law of the Republic of Liberia. I took away a citizen live,” Sumo confessed.

Sumo told police investigators that he committed the act out of frustration, claiming that the victim (Gormah) had earlier threatened to leave him for another man. Something he was finding difficult to accept.

Sumo and the victim had spent nearly three months together prior to the occurrence of the incident.

According to a reliable source, the victim and Sumo were entangled in serious misunderstanding before she was killed.

Addressing reporters after the investigation of Sumo, Bong County crime service division (CSD) commander John Kellenson Flomo confirmed that the defendant intentionally wasted acid on the victim for allegedly having an affair with another person in the town.

The CSD boss further stated that the late Gormah’s four-year-old son was also badly affected by the acid and he’s being treated at the Phebe Hospital, adding that the child’s condition is becoming critical on a daily basis.

This is the only murder case that has happened in the county so far this year as compared to 2017 when there were many homicide incidents reported.

Report by Fatu Bolay, Bong County