A 25-year-old man in Pader District is on the run after he allegedly
hacked his mother to death.
Erick Ojok, a resident of Atup village in Lunyiri Sub-county fled home after
hacking 45-year-old Ketty Lamwaka twice on the head with an axe on Sunday.
Charles Odongtoo, the Lunyiri Sub-county LCIII Chairperson says that the
suspect had for long had violent behaviour and often fought his younger sister.
Odongtoo says according to reports from family members, the suspect on the fateful
morning had intended to kill his sister but failed to get her after breaking
the door to her grass-thatched hut.
He adds that the suspect later went and broke the door to her mother’s hut
where she was sleeping with his stepdad and hacked her twice on the head with
Odongtoo notes that Lamwaka sustained severe injuries and passed on shortly
after an attempt to transfer her for emergency medical treatment at a health
facility about two kilometres away from her home.
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According to Odongtoo, the deceased family members believe the
suspect committed the crime in anger after his sister and mother reported him
to elders over his violent behaviours.
He says the elders had summoned the suspect for a family meeting
on Saturday to address the complaints against him but he failed to show up.
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The Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson David Ongom Mudong confirmed the
incident but offered a different account of what prompted the killing. He says
reports indicate the suspect assaulted and killed her mother in anger after she
failed to serve him food on time.
Mudong says the deceased body was taken to Awere Health Center III pending post-mortem
to ascertain the exact cause of death.
He notes that statements from potential witnesses have been obtained by police
detectives adding that efforts to apprehend the suspect who is still on the run
A case of murder has been registered and being investigated at Pader
Central Police Station vide CRB 369/2022.
This is the second murder incident registered in Pader District in just one
week. On September 12, a 45-year-old man identified as Walter Okello was beaten
to death by his colleague during a fight over 1,000 Shillings in a bar in
Lagara South village in Ikoyo Parish, Lapul Sub-county.