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Man beheads month-old babyPublish Date: Jan 09, 2014
Man beheads month-old baby
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Christine Naume and Godfrey Sosipateri with their baby (who was beheaded) during their happy moments. PHOTOS: Moses Lemisa
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By Francis Kagolo & Moses Lemisa
                                   
Police in Kasangati, Wakiso district, are holding a 27-year-old man for allegedly beheading his month-old baby he suspected to have been begotten by another man.

Godfrey Sosipateri, a former private security guard, was arrested on Wednesday at his home in Kazinga zone, Kasangati, moments after the lunchtime incident.

On Tuesday this week, his wife, Christine Naume, went back home with a treated mosquito net for the baby from a nearby Full Gospel Pentecostal church. Sosipateri suspected the donation was from another man, who could be the real father of the baby, and fllowing his instincts, he beat up his wife.

The following day, the couople had a brief quarrel over the baby’s paternity from inside their one-room rented house, according to the child's mother.

“He later told me to move out and prepare lunch before locking the door behind me,” she narrated.

After a few minutes, the woman found the baby lifeless while the man’s shirt had blood stains. A blood-coated knife also lay on the floor.

“I made an alarm but he grabbed and attempted to strangle me too." The panicked woman ran towards Gayaza road where she found traffic police officers.

Police moments later fired bullets in the air to disperse a mob who wanted to lynch Sosipateri, picking him from the verandah as the baby’s body lay lifeless inside the house.


A section of the residents who turned up at the scene of crime

“We hadn’t had any problem with my husband until I brought the mosquito net for the baby,” Naume said.

Neighbours also described Sosipateri as a calm man and wondered what came over him on the fateful day.

“They had last fought with the wife on Easter Sunday last year [2013] when the woman went out and returned home late at 8:00pm,” said Jane, a neighbour.

She spoke of the relationship of the two: “The woman first worked as a waitress in a makeshift restaurant but the man stopped her. Ever since then, she became a fulltime housewife they have been living happily on proceeds from the man’s lawn maintaining business.”

Other neighbours suspect the man was frustrated as well as depressed following the continuous breakdown of his lawnmower (machine).

“Of recent he has been coming home early with his [lawnmower] machine not working. He would repair it and ride his bicycle to town the following day only to return early again with the same problem. It appears he would not earn much,” said another neighbour.

Efforts to speak to the suspect were futile as Police whisked him away from the wrath of the crowds.

The head of Kasangati Police, Ashiraf Chemonges, told journalists at the scene that the suspect was unwell at the time of his arrest but murder charges would be placed against him when he recovers.

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