There is no denying that certain crimes are more heinous than others, and those who sexually assault women and children are among the most despicable criminals.
These predators prey on the vulnerable, knowing that their victims are less likely to put up a strong resistance. It’s no surprise that such criminals often find little sympathy within prison walls, where they may face retribution from fellow inmates. In some cases, this form of prison justice brings closure to the victims and their families.
One such story involves 61-year-old Mamadou Diallo, who took justice into his own hands after his wife, Nenegale, was brutally raped by 43-year-old Earl Nash, a former convict. Diallo, in a fit of rage, fatally beat Nash with a rusty tire iron.
Despite being charged with manslaughter, Diallo believed he shouldn’t face punishment for avenging his wife’s rape. The attack on Nenegale was horrifying: Nash broke into the Diallo residence when Mamadou was away, assaulted Nenegale with a chair, and then sexually assaulted her. Thankfully, Nenegale managed to call her husband, who rushed home and confronted Nash with the tire iron, ultimately killing him.
Interestingly, even Nash’s family sympathized with Diallo and requested that the court cleared him of all charges related to Nash’s death. They also wished for Nenegale’s swift recovery.
In a surprising turn of events, Bronx Supreme Court Justice Marc Whiten dismissed all charges against Diallo. The decision was met with cheers from Diallo’s family and supporters, who understood his actions in the face of such a heinous crime.
WABC reported District Attorney Darcel Clark said, “This case was a tragedy for all whose lives intersected in that Bronx building… We waited for three months for the autopsy results, and after a thorough investigation as well as discussions with the deceased’s family, we have determined that no grand jury action is warranted.”
After being exonerated, Diallo spoke to the New York Post, stating, “I do not want to kill that man. I’m not happy because I know a man died, and I know they put my name with somebody who died.”