A former Kinnelon man is on trial in Morristown for stabbing his mother’s boyfriend 17 times to
protect his mother and himself from the boyfriend’s aggression.
Francis S. Thomas, the man on trial, reportedly claimed that he grabbed a knife from the
mother’s boyfriend, Edward Mendy, after interrupting an argument between Mendy and Thomas’
mother, Mignone Njie. He stabbed Mendy 17 times with a six-inch kitchen knife to his neck,
shoulder, face, head, back and arm.
Thomas was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and other
assault and weapons charges in connection with the incident