School girl stabs rival over boyfriend
Mballu Bangura, a fifteen year old school girl repeatedly stabbed her colleague, Elizabeth K. Whombho, aged fourteen over a school boy whom they both claim to be in love with. Both of them reside in Sumalia Town, back of Pademba Road Prisons where the incident occurred.
According to eye witnesses, Mballu had aimed the knife at the throat of her rival but Elizabeth in a swift defense raised her left hand to protect herself, resulting in the knife being implanted in it. The ugly incident occurred at about 5 p.m.
Abdulia Bangura, a neighbour who also witnessed the scene informed Sierra Express Media that the conflict started when Elizabeth and Mbalu had an argument concerning a lover whose name was not disclosed. Mbalu made the first move by attacking Elizabeth, whom she accused of having an affair with her boyfriend, Bangura said.
Before bystanders could intervene, Mbalu fled the scene, with a crowd in hot pursuit shouting tiff tiff. Mbalu was later apprehended at her residence.
Abdulia Bangura intimated that the quarrel took a prolonged period before the stabbing occurred. “This issue had started over a week ago, it is just that today it has reached a stage beyond expectation,” he said.
He also revealed that the issue of stabbing has now become a common occurrence with stabbings occurring virtually every week.
When Sierra Express Media contacted Elizabeth, she denied that she was stabbed over a boyfriend. “It was not a boyfriend, Mbalu stabbed me just because of common misunderstanding and provocation,” she said.
However, this has been denied as a lie by several members of the community interviewed who stated that the jealousy existing between the two school girls is no secret. “Elizabeth is lying because she is afraid of her parents,” one of the neighbours stated.
Speaking to Assistant Inspector Denis Taylor, the Officer-in-Change of the New England police station he said he has never encountered a community that has numerous cases of stabbing as what is happening in New England. “This area has given me a lot of problems compared to other stations,” he said.
Fatmata Bangura, officer-in-change of the Family Support Unit revealed that they are having too many stabbing cases and that there is a need for a sensitization programme to inform the community about this problem.
Meanwhile the matter is expected to be forwarded to court this week after investigations are completed. Police have already issued Elizabeth with a medical report.
“There is a need for us to set an example or this matter will not stop,” said Pa Alpha, an elder in the community.
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