MBALE, UGANDA: Police in Mbale district are investigating a case in which a 22-year-old man was found hanging dead inside his home days after a domestic quarrel with his wife.
The deceased identified as Namonyo Paul, a resident of Buyaka ‘A’ village, Bungwani parish, Bukiende Sub-county in Mbale district while his wife was only identified as Khaitsa.
According to the Elgon regional police spokesperson ASP Rogers Taitika, “It is alleged that on Sunday 28/05/2023 in the evening, the deceased picked a quarrel with the wife, and the wife decided to go away that same day leaving the Namonyo (the husband) at home alone.”
Taitika explained that Namonyo’s body was on Friday discovered hanging in his house after the neighbours become suspicious of a bad smell from the house when the door was locked with a padlock from outside.
“Today, June 02, 2023, one Nambozo Harriet, a housewife and a neighbour to the deceased crossed from the compound to fetch water from the nearby water source and she smelt a bad smell coming from the house of the deceased and the door was locked with a padlock from outside,” Mr Taitika said in a Friday statement.
Police say Nambozo proceeded and informed Wapuswa David, relatives of the deceased who reported to the deceased’s father Wafifi Robert before informing one Welishe, the LC2 chairperson of Bungwani parish.
“They broke the locked door and found Namonyo hanging lifeless on a rope and this prompted them to hurriedly report the matter to Bukiende police post under SD REF: 05/02/06/2023.”
Police however met stiff resistance from relatives while taking the body for postmortem since they didn’t want to take the body for examination despite sensitizing them on the importance of examining the body citing that some criminals try to beat security after killing others in the same manner.
“We have picked the body and taken it to the city mortuary pending postmortem. This however met stiff resistance from relatives who didn’t want to take the body for examination,” ASP Taitika said before condemning the incident asserting that some people kill others and try to beat security in a similar.
He also confirmed that they have kicked off with investigations into the incident as they wait for the postmortem report to guide them further.