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Man on the Run After Hacking Mother to Death

Charles Odongtoo, the Lunyiri Sub-county LCIII Chairperson says that the suspect had for long had violent behaviour and often fought his younger sister.
21 Sep 2021 07:49

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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 an axe.

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 are underway. 

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.

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