Patrick Olegmungu later turned on his wife, Gloria Ayiyorwoth, beating her to near death
Police in Nebbi has arrested a 42-year-old security guard, Patrick Olegmungu, 48, for allegedly killing his wife’s lover.
Olegmungu allegedly stabbed Openji Athowan, 42, to death after he caught him having sex with his wife in their marital bed at Arumukeng ward in Nebbi Municipality.
The incident happened at about at about 12am according to their neighbours.
One of the neighbours who preferred anonymity said after the incident, Olegmungu confidently walked to them to inform them how he had killed someone in his house.
“We heard a scuffle from Olegmungu’s home, at first we took it as their usual quarrelling. But after a short while, he came and told us that he had killed someone,” one of the neighbours said.
According to the neighbour, the issue came as a surprise as they had seen Olegmungu reporting to his workstation at Lumaka Restaurant along Nebbi-Pakwach Road earlier in the day.
“His wife escorted him to his workstation so we don’t know how he managed to come back. Maybe he had laid a trap,” the neighbour said.
James Okello, another neighbour, said Olegmungu had been suspecting his wife of cheating on him while he was at work.
“The man had vowed to teach his wife a lesson. He has been suspecting her of bringing men in his home while he is on duty,” Okello said.
Olegmungu later turned on his wife, Gloria Ayiyorwoth, beating her to near death.
Okumu Lei, the Nebbi district acting Police officer in charge criminal investigations confirmed to New Vision Olegmungu’s arrest on Wednesday.
“It’s true; we have Patrick Olegmungu with us. He is being detained over the murder of Openji who he suspected to be having an affair with his wife,” he said.
Lei explained that Police swung into action following a tip off from a neighbour.
He said the suspect worked as a night watchman at Lumaka Restaurant and a cleaner with Nebbi Municipal Council during the day.
According to Lei, Police found Openji’s naked body in a pool of blood inside Olegmuungu house.
He said the victim was severely stabbed in the neck and through the heart.
He said the suspect will be charged with murder contrary to section 188 of the Penal Code, adding that upon conviction he faces death or life imprisonment.
Olegmungu in his statement to Police admitted to killing Openji, adding that he wanted both of them dead.
Police has since deployed at Nebbi Hospital where Ayiyorwoth is admitted fearing attacks from Openji’s relatives.
According to Lei, the relative of the deceased have vowed to avenge the death of their son accusing Ayiyorwoth of contributing to his death.
What residents say
Christopher Awacango (Nebbi resident): I think there is need to revive the law on adultery. If we had a stronger law, the man wouldn’t act that way for he knows there would be stronger punishment.
Dhogupol Ogengo (records officer): Women should begin to say no to men especially when they know they are married to avoid such a situation.
Denis Kerodong (farmer): It's very unfortunate the man is going to rot in jail, but I think it was not fair for the woman to take the man to their bed. If she wanted, she could have opted for another place.