By Ivan Mwine
The police in Gulu district are investigating a case of domestic violence involving a husband who stabbed his wife after suspecting her of cheating on him with another man, before he attempted to commit suicide by drinking poison.
According to ASP Ongom David Mudong, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) Aswa-River, the suspect, identified as Okeny Willy, stabbed his wife identified as Laker Grace, on Thursday, November 10, 2022, when she returned home after having slept out the previous day.
“The Homicide team of detectives from Gulu Central Police Station in Gulu City vide CRB: 918/2022 have registered and are investigating an alleged case of Murder by stabbing to the prejudice of one Laker Grace, a housewife aged 30 years, resident of Pece Lukung Cell, Pece Laroo Division in Gulu City which occurred on 10/11/2022 at around 1005hrs,” ASP Ongom said in a statement.
He added that; “According to brief facts obtained from one Ociiti Jimmy aged 34 years, the area LC1 Chairperson of the same above address who reported the incident at Police, its alleged that while at Pece Lukung cell, Pece Laroo Division in Gulu City, the deceased one Laker Grace returned home on a boda-boda, where she got her husband at home and they picked a quarrel with the husband one Mr. Okeny Willy, a suspect in this case, an employee of Summer Source, an NGO based within Gulu City because the deceased slept outside in an unknown place without the knowledge of the husband.”
The police publicist revealed that as the scuffle ensued, the husband allegedly pulled the deceased inside the house and stabbed her with the knife and died instantly.
After that, it’s further alleged that the man took poison and was rushed by his father one Okeny Franco to Gulu Regional Referral Hospital for medical attention in critical condition and is being guarded by Police to later help in investigations after possible recovery.
He noted that the Police team of detectives led by the District SOCO (Scene of Crime Officer), visited the scene and recorded statements from the relevant eye witnesses, an exhibit killer knife used was recovered and documented, body of the deceased was conveyed to Gulu Regional Referral Hospital mortuary for postmortem as investigations continue.
He urged the members of the public to embrace peaceful means of dialogue to mitigate domestic related misunderstandings rather than resorting to violence that escalates into criminal tendencies.