Police in Amolatar District is holding a 50-year-old man for burying his wife alive following a domestic brawl.
The suspect reportedly stabbed his wife Ms Betty Apio with a kitchen knife several times, to ascertain she was dead before tucking her away in a pit.
Mr John Bosco Okwir, a resident of Ader village in Omito parish, Adyel Division in Lira Municipality, on Wednesday at around 4am, first tried to strangle Ms Apio. After squeezing her throat for some time and realising she was not dying, he then picked a knife and stabbed her several times before burying her.
Ms Juliet Odongo, a daughter to the victim, said her mother was rescued by neighbours who retrieved her body, as she was still alive and rushed her to Lira Regional Referral Hospital where she is being treated.
“My father has been mistreating and regularly beating her so she decided to buy land at Namasale and constructed a house which she stays in whenever she goes there to buy fish,” she said.
Ms Odongo said when her mother constructed the house, it bothered Okwir who accused her of planning to divorce him.
Amolatar District Police Commander, Gerald Isabirye confirmed the incident saying the suspect is in police custody.
“After the incident he attempted to flee, but we hunted and arrested him from where he was hiding. We shall produce him in court next week on Tuesday and charge him with attempted murder and causing grievous bodily injuries,” Mr Isabirye said.
He urged housewives to report their violent husbands to the police for arrest and prosecution since domestic violence in a serious crime.
“So many women are suffering quietly because they fear to report their husbands to police, but I am encouraging them to come out and inform police so that they are assisted,” he said..