Residents in the LPMC Road Community in Gbarnga on Monday, September 10, were shocked following the discovery of the lifeless body of a man believed to be in his 40s. Community members identified the deceased as Dorwan Beah, alias D-1. Dorwan was discovered in his bedroom, surrounded by bottles of alcoholic beverages.According to an account released by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP), D-1, a famous tyre repairer in Gbarnga, had persistently accused his fiancée, Bendu Joe, of being in an extra relationship, something which, police suspected, had kept the two separated for a while.Police records established that as a result of the intensity of the confusion between the two, Bendu had been living temporarily with her sister (not named) in the same community up to the time D-1 died.It was also established that the LPMC Community went into confusion when the corpse of D-1 was found on his four inch mattress, surrounded by empty bottles of Pastis (liquor), which were found under a blue plastic chair in the deceased’s room.Police have not established the actual cause of death, but it is widely speculated that D-1 died as a result of excessively drinking the liquor on “empty stomach.”One account has it that since the confusion broke out between D-1 and his fiancée, he has often been in the community shop drinking in order to endure his “frustration.”Bendu Joe told police investigators that her boyfriend in recent times accused her of being in an affair with another man, “and because of the allegation, D-1 has always been in the constant habit of raining insults at me.”“Since we got together, I don’t even know the year, using insult has never been his behavior. But since the confusion started between us, things have been bad with me. Sometimes he will beat on me and insult me in the open,” Bendu told police investigators, with tears streaming down her chest.She said as a result of her boyfriend’s irrepressible behavior, she decided to sleep at her sister’s house in the same community.“The evening D-1 took his own life away, he came to my sister’s house demanding that I go with him to sleep, but I refused, only to see his lifeless body the next morning,” Bendu said.“We have children, but my worry is who will take care of those children,” Bendu cried.A fifteen-man jury was set up on Monday by police to examine the body and establish cause of death, but the jury reported that there was no foul play.Meanwhile, the body has been turned over to the family for burial.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
One year after promises were made to improve the treatment of the city’s 40,000 homeless, a tent city was erected Thursday in front of Los Angeles City Hall to protest the lack of progress and what some claim is the criminalization of poverty. After erecting a dozen tents on the South Lawn, more than 300 people held a demonstration, calling for more housing for the homeless and an end to an LAPD crackdown on Skid Row. “Exactly a year ago, our leaders came to Skid Row and pledged to end homelessness in 10 years,” said Bob Erlenbush of the Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness. “But, once the television cameras left, we heard nothing. All we got was lip service and rhetoric and no action.” Several homeless advocates joined in the one-day protest, which Erlenbush said will return to City Hall on a periodic basis to drive home the point on the need to take action. Aides to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he sympathizes with the homeless and has been working to resolve the problems, with a big boost coming from a $200 million trust fund to build below-market housing. They also defended the Safer Cities Initiative, in which the Los Angeles Police Department deployed 50 additional officers to fight crime on Skid Row. The program has resulted in about 6,000 arrests, but been criticized by advocates, who claim the homeless are being unfairly targeted. But the mayor issued a statement saying the program is designed to protect, not harm, the homeless. “They have enough of daily struggle without having to fend for themselves against crimes, Villaraigosa said. Erlenbush said the organizations want city, county and state officials to live up to the promises made last year to deal with the homeless problem. Advocates want Villaraigosa to name a deputy mayor to coordinate homelessness issues and to provide housing programs throughout the region, rather than concentrating them in the downtown area. And they want city officials to convene a summit on homelessness to coincide with Homeless Memorial Day on Dec. 21. “We need to think big,” Erlenbush said. “New York City has a program that will develop 165,000 affordable housing units over the next 10 years. In Los Angeles, we’re talking about 4,251 units.” firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!