Tuesday June 14 2011

Mob lynches child killer released by police

By Andrew Bagala

Kampala

A woman, who assured police officers who arrested her on allegations that she had beheaded a five-year-old child in March this year that she would kill more children if released, has fulfilled her promise.

The woman allegedly killed Fatia Nayiga, a three-year-old baby, using a knife in Makindye Division on Sunday, police said. After the bizarre incident, a mob hunted the woman and beat her to death. Kampala Metropolitan spokesman, Ibin Ssenkumbi, regretted the killing of the baby but also condemned the mob for beating the suspect to death. “This has affected our investigations because the key suspect has been killed. Mob action is illegal and I warn people to desist from taking the law into their own hands,” Mr Ssenkumbi said.

How it started
It is alleged that on March 12, the woman, a resident of Kanyanya, Wakiso District, beheaded Kenneth Akandwanaho, 5, in Kawempe Division after a quarrel with the child’s parents. The woman was later arrested, and she confirmed to the police that she had indeed killed the boy, and promised that she would kill more children if set free.

Mental case?
Mr Ssenkumbi said they opened a murder case against the suspect but the doctor said that she had a mental disorder and recommended that she be admitted to Butabika Hospital where she was transferred on March 21. “The law requires us to check the mental state of suspects who commit capital offences. If the person is mentally ill, we can’t prosecute them,” Mr Ssenkumbi said. Efforts to get a comment from the Butabika Hospital Director, Dr Fred Kigozi or his deputy Dr David Basangwa were futile.

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