Masindi: Wife Arrested Over Murder of DHO Husband

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Police in Masindi District in coordination with the Homicide Department of CID Headquarters have arrested Cherotic Betty, a 31 year old teacher and housewife, together with others over the murder of her husband Dr. Abiriga Jino.

SCP Enanga Fred, the Police Spokesperson, during the presser on January 8, 2024 said the 58 year old, District Health Officer of Masindi was murdered on the night of January 7, 2024, at Kijura cell, Central division in Masindi municipality.

β€œThe facts gathered indicate that on January 7, 2024, the victim left his home in the morning, to attend a friend’s wedding. After the wedding his driver dropped him home at around 9pm,” Enanga said.

β€œAnd at around 10pm, he and his wife, went to sleep in their double roomed house. Their children and dependants also went to sleep in their separate unit,” Enanga added.

Enanga said that the victim’s body was found dumped 50 metres away from his residence, with a deep cut on the neck and multiple cuts on the head. According to Enanga, an immediate search was conducted at the premises of the deceased, and blood stains were found on the walls in the bedroom and under their marital bed.

β€œThe wife claims that the victim was called on phone by someone, to go and carry out an operation on a patient and never returned home. However, there is no evidence supporting her claim,” Enanga said.

β€œShe claims that the blood stains found in her bedroom, were from her menstrual cycle,” Enanga added.

A team of forensic experts recovered blood stains and other samples for forensic analysis that will help establish, whether the victim was murdered from his house or elsewhere.

The annual Police Crime Report states that of the 18,872 people who were victims of domestic violence, 3,408 were male adults while 1,133 were male juveniles. This resulted in the death of over 180 men due to domestic violence.

According to police, Cherotic is being detained at Masindi Police Station as investigations are underway.

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