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Violent knife murder on board MSC container ship

PortandTerminal.com, September 29, 2020

The felony offence charged in the indictment carries a statutory maximum sentence of death or life in federal prison.

LOS ANGELES – Was it the pressure of being trapped on board a container ship for month after month that caused one crew member on an MSC container ship to murder a colleague? We don’t yet know.

What we do know is that Michael Dequito Monegro, 41, a resident of the Philippines, used two knives to stab a fellow Filipino crew member 17 times on September 20, killing him. Think about that. Stabbing someone 17 times in front of your fellow crew members. That is a crime driven blind rage.

“Based on an initial assessment of the body, it appears that (the victim) was stabbed approximately 17 times, had multiple defensive wounds to his hands, and lacerations to his throat, face, and leg,” according to an affidavit in support of the complaint.

The incident took place on the 14,000 teu containership MSC Ravenna while the ship was under way in the Pacific, en route from China to Long Beach – Los Angeles.

Other members of the crew witnessed the horrific attack, after which the captain of the ship convinced Monegro to surrender the knives. Monegro was then detained in a cabin aboard the ship, where other members of the crew took turns guarding him.

During a shipboard interview by two FBI agents on September 22, Monegro admitted to stabbing the victim repeatedly, according to the affidavit.

With hundreds of thousands of seafarers trapped on their vessels, many for over a year now, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that this incident occurred and be more surprised that similar incidents aren’t happening more often.

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