On Tuesday, July 5, a man in his 30s was seen at Duport Road Market along the main motor road in Monrovia, Liberia, crying profusely and screaming "My joystick, my joystick" as blood poured from his trouser. It was discovered that the man’s joystick was completely slashed by an unknown person.
According to a Liberian site, multiple eyewitnesses saw him running towards the motor road and ran onto a moving taxi in excruciating pains and with tears, shouting, "My joystick, my joystick,", attracting attention from a surging crowd of onlookers.
"The man came with heavy running and bumped into the taxi. I heard him saying let car kill me one time,” an 18-year old Prince Railey, one of the onlookers, told the INSIGHT.
Another eyewitness, James Mulbah , narrated that the man could not explain what had happened to him or what he did for his joystick to be slashed. Eyewitness Mulbah added that he was just saying "It is hard to talk."
"The man fell right before the taxi, we were shocked. Later on, we discovered that too much blood was leaking from his trouser, and when he opened his trouser, we saw that his joystick was cut. When we asked him to explain what happened to him, all he could say was: “It is hard to talk my people" . He left crying in severe pains until an ambulance came and took him away"
The victim was reportedly taken to the state-owned John F. Kennedy medical center in Sinkor, a suburb of Monrovia for treatment. Residents of Duport Road and its surrounding communities who trooped to the scene of the incident upon hearing the news that spread in all directions like a bush fire could not give the identity of the victim.
When the Insight went to the nearby drainage yesterday, the piece of the cut joystick was seen there. It is not clear why the ambulance that took the victim to the hospital did not remove the piece of joystick from the drainage. There were different opinions among the terrified eyewitnesses as to what really may have led to the man’s joystick be cutoff.
"For me, this man must be a thief. Probably, he had gone to steal from someone and he was caught in the process and the person treated him in such a ghastly manner,” old man Jackson Perry, said.
Another eyewitness, Foday Subah, said: "the man might have been caught in a “jolly-jolly sexual safari” with somebody’s woman. That could be the reason why such an evil thing was done to him. It is just hard to determine the actual cause of the incident, as the victim himself did not say anything."
Others believed that the man might have tried To Molest somebody or he might have tricked a woman who may have revenged against him in such a cruel manner.