Richard Okongo, a resident of Copil village told Uganda Radio Network that the suspect picked a quarrel with the deceased on Tuesday evening. He claims that later in the night, Odong locked up his father in his grass-thatched house and torched it before disappearing.
A man in
Gulu district is at large on suspicion of killing his 70-year-old father and
setting his body ablaze.
38-year-old Charles Odong is on the run for the brutal
murder of his father, Galdino Akena, a resident of Copil village from Unyama
Sub County in Gulu District on Tuesday night.
Richard Okongo, a resident of Copil
village told Uganda Radio Network that the suspect picked a quarrel with
the deceased on Tuesday evening. He claims that later in the night, Odong locked up his father in his grass-thatched house and torched it before disappearing.
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According to Okongo, they also found an iron bar lying beside
the deceased’s body, an indication that he would have been clobbered to death
before his body was torched.
William Lawoko, the Copil Village Council Secretary, says they found the deceased’s
door open in the morning. “We found his
door open in the morning but the padlock to his door was the one we found in
the house that was burnt and he still remains a prime suspect in the death of
his father” Lawoko alleged
He says the suspect clashed with his family for sending away
his wife and children a week ago. He told URN that they had opened a case at Unyama
Police Out post, which sent detectives to the crime scene to gather evidence. “His remains gathered were only about 7
kilograms and police have allowed the family to burry,” Lawoko added.
Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Police Public Relations Officers told URN
that he was yet to receive information about the tragic incident. Akena’s death brings to 37, the
number of people killed in Acholi Sub Region between January and March
this year, according to a report from the Aswa Regional police headquarters.