Wednesday August 2 2017

Woman's body found in boyfriend’s house  

The late Fahimah Natoolo

The late Fahimah Natoolo 

By JOSEPH KATO

KAMPALA- Residents of Mbalwa Zone, Kira Municipality, Wakiso District were on Wednesday baffled and shocked when police discovered a decomposing body of a woman in her boyfriend’s rented house.

Fahimah Natoolo’s body was discovered lying in a pool of blood. It had deep cuts.

Police suspect the boyfriend, a one Andrew Okot, who is reportedly on the run, to have killed his girlfriend.

Quoting several accounts of residents and neighbours, Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Mr Emilian Kayima, said the suspect and the girlfriend came home in the wee hours of Sunday.

“Okot, according to these accounts, returned home on Sunday at about 4am with his girlfriend. He was seen leaving the home at about  7am in a suspicious manner. We suspect he killed her and fled,” Mr Kayima told journalists the Central Police Station in Kampala on Wednesday.

Mr Kayima said Okot later went to Riders Clinic in Namugongo and asked for medical attention, claiming he had been hurt.

He was reportedly treated on credit and left his vehicle at the clinic. He promised to pick it in a few minutes but he never showed up again, Mr Kayima said.

Mr Kayima said workers at the clinic became suspicious and informed police officers who checked the vehicle before taking it away.  

“Police officers found a receipt bearing the name of Natoolo’s brother and his contacts in the car,” he said.

Natoolo’s brother, according to Mr Kayima, became suspicious when his sister could not respond to his repeated phone calls.

He filed a case of a missing person on Tuesday. Police with the help of some residents  opened Okot’s house where they discovered Natoolo’s body.

“Police had recorded a case of theft against Okot. The police was not aware of Natoolo’s murder until her brother filed a case of a missing person. We are now hunting for Okot to charge him with  murder,” Mr Kayima said.

Natoolo’s body was taken to Mulago Hospital for a postmortem as investigation progress.

Natoolo is said to have been a banker at one of the city financial institutions while her boyfriend, now the prime suspect, has been working with one of the power companies in Uganda.

Natoolo’s murder comes barely five days after Sulaiman Musoke shot dead his girlfriend Birabwa Nnabona in Buwama Zone Makindye during a reconciliation meeting.

 Musoke is still on the run and the police are yet to recover the killer gun.

Meanwhile, police in Wandegeya have detained Alex Omala and a one Hakim, for attempting to kill Ms Clare Ninsiima, a mobile money operator.

 Police say, Hakim had hired Omala to kill his girlfriend Ninsiima, after their relationship went sour.

“Omala shot at Ninsiima but missed her. Residents alerted police who arrested the suspect.

The suspect told police officers that Hakim hired him to kill Ninsiima because she wanted to end their romantic relationship.

Police recovered an AK47 gun, one cartridge and two bullets. The suspects are detained at Wandegeya Police Station.

In 2016, 163 women were killed by their spouses in relationships that went sour.    

jkato@ug.nationmedia.com

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