Tuesday, April 5, 2011

News - Man kills mother over alleged witchcraft

Ferdinand Pacutho Wanok

By Benedict Okethwengu for New Vision

THE Police in Nebbi district have arrested a 28-year-old man suspected of killing his mother over allegations of witchcraft.

The Police say the incident happened on Sunday at about 7:30pm in Nebbi town.

The suspect has been identified as Ferdinand Wanok Pacutho, a resident of Alengo a suburb of Nebbi town.

The district criminal investigations boss, Henry Mulindwa, said the accused allegedly used a stone to hit his mother, Lucy Adubango, killing her instantly.

“This is a gruesome murder. A big stone was used to hit her twice, shattering the head,” he said.

Kevin Donge, a family member said Pacutho worked with the Electoral Commission as a parish supervisor in Thatha parish, Nebbi town but was stopped after he developed a mental problem.

Terenzo Openjo, another relative, said Pacutho became hostile when two traditional healers were brought from the Democratic Republic of Congo to treat him for a mental ailment.

“He accused us of bewitching him yet we brought herbalists to treat him,” Openjo said.

Pacutho, who is being held at Nebbi Police Station, claimed his mother had on two occasions attempted to sacrifice him in a ritual.

“My mother had always wanted to sacrifice me, that was why I killed her,” he said.

Mulindwa said the accused would be subjected to a stringent medical examination to ascertain the state of his mental health.

“We shall have to relocate him if he has a mental problem because he has become dangerous to the community.

But if we find that he is of sound mind, we shall definitely charge him with the murder,” Mulindwa said.

Adubango was buried on Tuesday at her ancestral home in Panyango sub-county, Nebbi district.

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