By Patrick Okino
AMOLATAR - A woman who poured hot cooking oil in the mouth and face of Dr. Brain Okello of Amolatar health centre IV has been sentenced to 13 years in jail for attempted murder.
Finella Atim, 27, will have to spend that much time behind bars after being found guilty of attacking her husband.
Prosecutors argued that Atim had the intention of killing the doctor, who died two months later.
But Justice Simon Byamukama Mugenyi of Lira High Court said the doctor died of other causes, and not from the cooking oil attack.
He pointed to three testimonies by witnesses, none of which linked Dr. Okello’s death to the hot cooking oil.
Dr. Okello was burned on October 30, 2011 and then taken to Mulago hospital in critical condition.
It is understood his wife splashed the hot oil on him following a domestic understanding.
The in-charge at Amolatar health unit at that time, Dr. Okello was attacked inside the facility’s staff quarters at around midnight local time.
Lillian Ogom, the deceased doctor's aunt breaks down after Lira high court jailed Finella Atim. PHOTO/Joseph Ekol
Around that time following the incident, police reported that when the victim had gone to sleep, his wife boiled cooking oil, went to the bedroom where he lay and attacked him.
The 22-year-old doctor sustained several facial burns and was left disfigured, police had reported.
He was working on a voluntary basis and was the only doctor at Amolatar health centre IV at the time.
Atim fled after the incident but she was later intercepted in Dokolo.
An aunt to Dr. Okello, Lilian Ongom, said she was not satisfied with the judgment and that the woman should have been jailed for life.