The Homicide Department at CID Headquarters has taken over investigations into the gruesome murder of Kabaterine Fridah , an 84 year old, female peasant of Kagarame cell, Kyafoora Parish, Ntungamo District, which occurred on the 1/08/2019, during morning hours, between 8am -11am.
The preliminary facts reveal that on the 1/08/2019, at around 7am, the grandson to the victim called Katureebe Fred, left her alone and still sleeping, to go and milk the cows. The suspect, who was later established to be Kato Wilbroad Alfred alias Sama, a 23 year old, male peasant, took advantage of his absence, to attack and hack the victim to death. He dragged her body, dumped it in her bathroom and locked the bedroom. The suspect abandoned his blood stained clothes that included a jumper, trouser and white vest at the scene. He also abandoned the murder weapon of a Panga, stained with blood and fled from the scene. Other exhibits of a gift deed, head dress and marijuana, were later recovered from his room.
The grandson to the victim, returned home from milking the cows, at around 11.am and met Faith Bahendera, a visitor who had come to check on the victim. The two broke into the bathroom, after the victim failed to wake up, only to find her dead in the bathroom.
The suspect was tracked down and arrested from his home village in Kitusi, kyaburere parish, Rukungiri District. He recorded an extra judicial statement, before the Magistrate in Ntugamo, revealing his accomplices as Natukunda Judith, a 28 year old, former housemaid and Kaitesi Sharon Katurebe, a 32 year old daughter in-law, who had a grudge with the victim over land and proceeds from the sale of milk. All three suspects are in police custody. The exhibits recovered, were transferred to the GAL for further analysis.
It has been noted that cases of abuse of elderly persons and victimization, are sometimes not fast tracked, due to their health and physical well being. As a result, all commanders have been reminded to take keen interest on the needs of elderly people, by checking on them regularly to reduce on their isolation and promote awareness on the dynamics surrounding the physical and emotional abuse of elderly persons. They should conduct background checks on caregivers to help the victims resolve issues of problematic off springs, as well as workers who are a threat in their homes.
We condemn such horrific acts of murder and we pledge to fast track this matter to its logical conclusion in the courts of law.
CP Fred Enanga
Press and Public Relations Officer
Uganda Police Force