Police authorities in Luweero District, Uganda recovered a body of a 22-year-old woman Ashina Namutebi, allegedly hacked by her jilted lover Henry Ssebuwufu, before he committed suicide.
Ssebuwufu , 25, a resident of Kizito Zone in Luweero Town Council jumped in front of a speeding trailer at Kalule Village on Kampala- Gulu Highway on Thursday and died instantly.
Police on Friday identified the deceased Namutebi, as a girlfriend to late Ssebuwufu.
According to police preliminary investigations, the couple have reportedly been co-habiting for sometimes with reports of occasional fights at their rented room in Kizito zone.
Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson, Paul Kangave on Friday said the bodies had been handed over to the relatives for burial after autopsy at Luweero Health Centre IV.
“The body of Namutebi was recovered after police broke into the rented room at Kizito Zone on Thursday evening after a tip off from relatives and friends who had not seen her yet there was loud music coming from the locked room,” Mr Kangave explained.
When police broke into the room, they found her body on the bed covered with a stained bed sheet.
“The body had deep cuts on the neck, head and the back,” Mr Kangave added.
On April 17, Ssebuwufu was arrested by police on charges of causing bodily harm when he attempted to strangle Namutebi after a misunderstanding. She would later opt to withdraw the case at Kasana Police Station after Ssebuwufu promised in writing never to assault her.
“The police decided to release Ssebuwufu because the case of assault had been withdrawn by his girlfriend who pleaded with police to pardon him,” Mr Kangave added.
After hacking her, Ssebuwufu reportedly called his mother to informed her that he had fought with Namutubi and killed her.
“He reportedly told his mother that he had also decided to take his own life,” a police detective who declined to disclose the identity of the mother because investigations are still on-going, said.
Ms Alice Nassali, a neighbour to Ssebuwufu and a resident of Kizito Zone claimed that Ssebuwufu had always fought with Namutebi whenever he would find her with male friends.
“We tried to advise Namutebi to quit the abusive relationship since it was characterised by fights but she didn’t take heed. Ssebuwufu kept accusing her of being unfaithful although they were not legally married,” Ms Nassali narrates, adding: “It is sad that the two are now dead yet their problem could have been sorted if they had sought advice from elders and the authorities in our area.