By Attractor Kamahoro
KISORO - Police in Kisoro are holding a Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) sergeant in connection to the murder of a barmaid and her teen house-help.
According to police, Sergeant Robert Okiror of the 7th battalion reportedly sprayed 30 bullets on the woman only identified as Maama Derrick and a 12-year-old girl through a closed wooden door as they slept inside.
The incident happened at around 1.00 am local time (EAT) early Saturday.
The bar opposite Kisoro Police Station hosts more than 50 soldiers every day who retire in the wee hours of the morning, a Police source said.
It is understood Sergeant Okiror picked a quarrel with the barmaid at the bar after she denied him accommodation for the night.
The army man then reportedly returned to the army barracks a few hundred feet away and is believed to have returned to the home of the victims and then emptied his 30-bullet magazine on them.
The soldier is said to have sprayed a round of bullets through the door. PHOTO/Attractor Kamahoro
His firearm – an AK47 – was later after the incident found hidden in the roof of his hut.
The bodies, now lying inside Kisoro hospital, were found with several wounds, believed to be from gunshots.
The mattress on which the deceased slept that fateful morning, displayed at Kisoro police station, was soaked in blood. A white bedsheet dyed in a deathly red colour was also found at the scene.
Neighbours of Maam Derrick say she has been a money lender and most of her clients were UPDF soldiers who deposited their ATM cards with her as collateral.
The suspected killer soldier reportedly owed the slain barmaid “a lot of money” and that he had tried getting back his ATM card before he had cleared his debt.
The 7th battalion commanding officer, Lt. Col. Basil Amodoi declined to speak to New Vision for a comment.
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