Police arrest wife after recovering blood stains under slain Masindi district health officer's bed

Police arrest wife after recovering blood stains under slain Masindi district health officer's bed
Dr. Jino Abiriga

Masindi district police have announced that they have made a significant breakthrough in their investigation into the murder of District Health Officer Jino Abiriga by discovering blood stains under his marital bed.

This was revealed on Monday, following a visit by a team of homicide officers to the home of the late district senior health officer, who was killed under mysterious circumstances over the weekend.

To aid investigations, police detectives have arrested the wife to the deceased identified as Betty Cherotic, a 31 year old teacher, along with others, in connection with the brutal murder of Dr. Abiriga Jino who was aged 58 year old on the night of January 7, at Kijura cell, central division in Masindi municipality.

According to police, facts gathered indicate that on the January 7, the victim left his home in the morning, to attend a friend’s wedding. After the wedding his driver, dropped him at his home at around 9pm. And at around 10pm, he and his wife, Cherotic Betty, went to sleep in their double roomed house.

It is said that their children and dependents who included; Angela Aseru aged 17 (daughter to the deceased),Cherotic Maureen, aged 14 (step daughter), Cheprotich Kenneth, aged 11 (step – son), Afakoru Jackline, aged 12, (niece), and Arinaitwe Desire, aged 8 (daughter to his family friend), also went to sleep in their separate unit.

However, police pointed out that was intriguing was that the victim’s body was found with a deep cut on the neck, multiple cuts on the head, hand and dumped 50 metres away from his residence.

In a statement by police spokesperson Fred Enanga, a search was conducted at the deceased's residence on Monday, and "suspected blood stains were recovered from the walls in the bedroom and from under their marital bed."

He stated, "Although the wife claims that the victim was called on the phone by someone to go and perform an operation on a patient and never returned home, there is no evidence to support her claim." She claims the blood stains in her bedroom were caused by her menstrual cycle."

Enanga explained the arrest of the suspects, informing the public that no matter how well a cover-up is made surrounding the heinous act, police will always uncover the truth.

“Our team of forensic experts, recovered blood stains and other samples for forensic analysis that will help establish, whether the victim was murdered from his house or elsewhere and the body dumped near his home,” he said.

This homicide case is suspected to be the result of family misunderstandings and domestic violence, which has been on the rise in the country.

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