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Boyfriend flogs fiancée to death

Police investigators have charged 27-year-old Daniel Paykue with murder, after allegedly assaulting his fiancée Evelyn Bah on 29 March, which led to her death subsequently at the Redemption Hospital.

Police gathered from defendant Paykue that he began beating on his fiancée Evelyn when she allegedly insulted his mother while joking with her about his trip to Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. According to investigators, the deceased had earlier escaped from Paykue when he first began beating her in the room. But Police say while the late Evelyn was under a pawpaw tree, he pursued her with a stick measured two feet and four inches and further assaulted her at 8 p.m.

She subsequently went unconscious following the assault and was then taken to a local community clinic called “Tan-tan-poly Clinic” in their Caldwell community, but later transferred to the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town after brief treatment at that clinic.

While undergoing treatment at the Redemption Hospital, she died in the early morning hours of March 29, the charge sheet says. Defendant Paykue told investigators that while victim Evelyn was insulting his mother, he held her mobile from her when it began ringing and ran outside with it.

He further narrated that while under the tree, victim Evelyn came from the room with a pot top and hit him in his chest and fled, adding that it was in the process of running that she hit against a pawpaw tree, fell down and went unconscious.

Following neighbors’ advise that he should take Evelyn to hospital, he claimed to have gone in search of vehicle or motorbike to transport her, but by the time he returned, he was told that two of his neighbors had already taken her to the Tan-tan-poly Clinic.

Paykue said he met Evelyn under drip at Tan-tan-poly Clinic, but a doctor there told him that the victim should be transferred to the Redemption Hospital for proper medication. After the victim was admitted at Redemption Hospital, the defendant said he was informed the next day she had died.

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He however denied ever beating on the victim to death with a round pole as has been alleged. But based on his confession, witnesses’ testimonies and pieces of evidence gathered by police, defendant Paykue has been charged with murder, pending court trial.

By Winston W. Parley-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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