Man kills wife for returning home late after Christmas party

Wednesday December 27 2017

Christmas Day murder.

Relatives of Betty Anyokoti at Iganga Hospital mortuary. Anyokoti was murdered on Christmas Day for coming home late, as her husband suspected she had been partying with another man. PHOTO | YAZID YOLISIGIRA | DAILY MONITOR 

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Ugandan police have launched a massive manhunt for a 35-year-old man who hacked his wife to death after accusing her of partying with another man on Christmas Day.

Betty Anyokoti, 25, left her home to celebrate Christmas in Idudi, her home village, but did not return home in time.


Her husband became suspicious that she had been partying with another man.

According Mr William Okunyuku, a resident of the area, at about 10pm on Monday, the machete-wielding husband began searching for his wife, intercepted her as she walked home with their seven-year-old child, and hacked her to death.

“When the husband met the woman on the way, a heated argument ensued and when it escalated, the man cut her to death,” Mr Okunyuku said, adding that the woman sustained deep cuts on her head, chest and hands.


Residents rushed to the scene when they heard the child scream.

Police took the body to Iganga Hospital mortuary.

Chaos ensued at the mortuary when Anyokoti’s relatives demanded to take the body and bury it in the middle of the suspect’s compound. Police, however, foiled the plan.

Busoga East Region Police Spokesman James Mubi said the suspect was still on the run.