Wednesday July 30 2014

Man kills lover for infecting him with HIV virus

By Fred Muzaale

The police in Kayunga District are investigating a murder case in which a man in Kisoga village, Nazigo sub-county Kayunga District allegedly hacked his lover to death on suspicion that she infected him with the HIV virus.
The Kayunga District Police Commander, Mr Bob Kagarura on Tuesday identified the deceased as Ms Jane Akot, 45, who has been a peasant farmer, who lost her husband four years ago.
Mr Kagarura said that relatives of the deceased told police that after the death of Akot’s husband to a yet to be identified illness, the suspect a fisherman, fell in love with Akot with whom they have been deeply in love.
“The suspect without knowing what killed Akot’s husband fell in love with her but after sometime, the suspect recently went for a voluntary HIV testing and counseling from Kayunga Hospital, where he was told that he was HIV positive,” Mr Kagarura said.
When he returned home, the DPC said, the infuriated man picked a quarrel with Akot accusing her of infecting him with HIV. During the quarrel, the man vowed to return the favour by finishing her (Akot) off as she had allegedly infected him, said a neighbor Ms Sarah Namwanje.
After the quarrel that attracted neighbours, the suspect went into hiding, bringing relief to Ms Akot, who thought he had gone away.
But on Monday morning, neighbours got suspicious when they didn’t see Ms Akot the whole day. Her house was closed. The suspect, according to residents was sighted in the area on the fateful day.
This, Ms Namwanje said, prompted them to force their way into the house and got shocked when they found a pool of blood in the sitting room with Ms Akot’s body lying on the bed. The body had wounds on the head. They raised an alarm that drew residents who went and informed police.
Mr Kagarura said the police took the body to Kayunga Hospital mortuary adding that a hunt for the suspect was on.
“We highly suspect that he is the one who hacked the deceased to death,” the DPC said adding that three people had been killed in the area just in a period of one month.
He appealed to residents to check for their HIV status before falling in love.