Jinja woman stabs husband to death after he returned home drunk

Police in Jinja city have arrested Amina Mutesi, a resident of Kaitabawala zone in the Northern division of the city, for fatally stabbing her husband, Emmanuel Tasaga.

Police are still investigating this murder case

The deceased, 45, has been taken to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital mortuary for a postmortem while Mutesi was detained at Nalufenya Police Station awaiting prosecution.

Tasaga died of wounds sustained in the left chest, he and his wife had reportedly quarreled after Tasaga left their home over the weekend and returned on Monday morning at about 4:30 a.m. However, when asked where he had been, Tasaga failed to explain.

An eyewitness, the couple’s 12-year-old son, said after his parents quarreled, their verbal spat escalated into a fight in which Tasaga was suddenly wounded.

He subsequently fell to the ground, his chest spattered with blood.

We sleep in a one-roomed house and I witnessed the fight between my parents however, after some few minutes, I saw my father collapsing dead to the ground, with his chest covered in blood,” said the child.

Mutesi, who called police authorities after the incident, accused Tasaga of returning home drunk.

She said, upon his drunken return, Tasaga attempted to stab her with a knife at close range, but it instead ended up stabbing himself in the chest as she evaded the thrust of his blade.

“He held my neck and aimed towards stabbing me at close range however while attempting to pull away from him, he accidentally stabbed himself in the chest, hit his head on the ground, and died instantly,” she says.

Meanwhile, Emmanuel Ochamuringa, the officer in charge at Nalufenya Police Station, says the police are looking into the matter and will soon have a comprehensive report on what happened.

Crimes of passion, defined as violent crimes, especially homicides, in which the perpetrator commits the act against someone because of sudden strong impulse such as anger rather than as a premeditated crime, are on the rise in Uganda.

Paul Masika, a resident of Rulale cell in Buwanabisi ward in Bududa town council in Bududa District allegedly killed himself after his clan members and officers from a local police station had ensured that he and his wife had buried the proverbial hatchet.

Robert Malingati Kuloba, the area LC I chairperson, says that the relationship between husband and wife suffered a split due to the couple’s irreconcilable differences

Fred Namatati, the brother to the deceased, says that he saw him entering an agro shop only to find him dead hours later from having consumed two bottles of an insecticide.

The suicide mortality rate (per 100,000 population) in Uganda is reported to be at 4.6%, according to the World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially recognised sources.

Police are also investigating why a man committed suicide after he allegedly failed to find a job two years after his graduation from university.

Brian Wetaka, a resident of Ntinda, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Chemical Engineering from Kyambogo University in 2019 but failed to translate his degree into gainful employment.

Thus, he went back to his former lecture room at Kyambogo University and committed suicide, says Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire

Wetaka allegedly took his life at Kyambogo university’s Engineering Building at about 8am, last Friday.

The police were informed about the incident by a private security guard, who guards the building, and officers responded,” Owoyesigyire said.

The deceased’s body was taken to the city mortuary at Mulago for a postmortem while police’s forensics team are scrutinising a supposed suicide note left behind by the deceased before his death.

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