Liberia: Son of Bong County Superintendent on the Run for Alleged Rape


Gbarnga, Bong County – Police in Bong County are asking for the public’s help in locating the son of Bong County superintendent Esther Walker, who is wanted on an active warrant for an alleged rape of a minor.

Philip Bestslow, 24, reportedly raped a 13-year-old in his mom’s house on July 26, 2020, according to police. “Philip Bestslow is being wanted by the police for allegedly raping a minor. I am asking the public to assist in this direction,” Frederick Nappy, head of the police in Bong, told reporters.

Medical report from the C. B. Dunbar Hospital in Gbarnga dated July 27, 2020, established that the 13-year-old girl was raped. The victim was later placed on a three-day medication in order to stabilize her, doctors at the hospital said.

Residents of the county have erupted in anger, calling for the boy’s arrest and accusing the police of “deliberately delaying” the case while allowing the families of the victim and the suspect have a compromise.

The police have been reneging to investigate the matter since relatives of the victim reported the case to the police on July 28, 2020 until the executive director of the Foundation for International Dignity Aaron Juakollie questioned the police action during a press conference in Gbarnga.

Describing the delay as “selective justice”, Juakollie called on the police to launch a speedy investigation into the alleged rape of the minor when medical reports have established that the victim was abused.

“Justice delay is justice deny, Juakollie said in response to the police slow handling of the rape case involving the son of the superintendent.

Superintendent Walker is yet to comment on the matter. The rape accusations against the son of Walker as the country continues to seek solutions to the scourge of violence against women and children.