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Man suspected of murdering pregnant wife arrested

Man suspected of murdering pregnant wife arrested || The Police has arrested a notorious criminal who is suspected to have killed his pregnant wife before locking the body in their shop in Kyaliwajjala, Wakiso district.

Gerald Kabanzi alias Richard Sentongo alias Reagan Senkoosi alias Sekyanzi, fled after he reportedly killed his wife, Precious Norah Gabeya, 22, after the couple had a fight on Saturday night (October 3).

Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire said Kabanzi was arrested from his hiding place in Kamwokya, a Kampala suburb, and is now being held at the Kira Division Police Headquarters.

Criminal record

Kabanzi, 25, was in June captured in a video clip fighting with Police officers as he resisted arrest and demanded his mobile phone that he claimed the officers had taken.

Commenting on the incident after the video went viral on social media, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, on June 13, said Kabanzi had been arrested as the Police carried out an operation to enforce the presidential directives on COVID-19.

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Onyango said Kabanzi was arrested at about 9:00 pm during curfew time while operating his shop.

The curfew was then starting at 7:00 pm and ending at 5:30 am. The curfew time has since been adjusted to 9:00pm. Kabanzi was taken to Police, but before he could be put into custody, he jumped and ran away from the station, Onyango said. He added that they preferred on him charges of escaping from lawful custody.

Man suspected of murdering pregnant wife arrested
Gerald Kabanzi (left) is suspected to have killed his wife Precious Norah Gabeya.

The resident of Kyaliwajjala B village in Kira Municipality later appeared the following day claiming that he had left his phone at the Police station, sparking off a scuffle with policemen as they re-arrested him. Kabanzi was later charged at Kira Division Court, but he was released on bail.

Kampala Metropolitan deputy Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, said neighbours got concerned on Sunday (October 4) and alerted the Police after the abrupt closure of the couple’s shop, which had never happened.

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“The neighbours went to Namugongo Police Station and informed the Police that they suspect Kabanzi to have murdered his wife and disappeared. The residents demanded the Police to break the shop to find out why it was closed yet Gabeya’s phones were off,” the Police said in a statement.

Police responds

Owoyesigyire said the officer in charge of Namugongo Police Station consulted his superiors and it was resolved that the shop be broken into.

“Kira Police was brought on the ground. Former Kira Mayor Mamerito Mugerwa and the local council officials led by the Kyaliwajjala B chairperson and some neighbours were also called to witness the process of breaking the shop,” he explained.

On breaking into the shop, Owoyesigyire said, the Police stumbled on Gabeya’s body wrapped in bed sheets and placed in a lying position.

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“The scene was preserved and it was documented by the scene of crime officer and a team of Police officers from the Homicide squad of Kira division,” he said.

Owoyesigyire added that some other items, including bed sheets and shoes believed to belong to the suspect, were recovered from the scene. A case of murder was registered at Namugongo Police Station before the Police took Gabeya’s body to Mulago Hospital for a postmortem examination.

According to residents, both the suspect and the deceased were staying together in their shop/boutique in Kyaliwajjala B zone.

 

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