Police in Manafwa District, Uganda have arrested a 43-year-old man over killing his biological son after he found out that he had eaten his two pieces of meat kept for him by his wife.
The suspect who is a resident of Buwamwibi village, Maefe parish in Maefe Sub-county strangled his son to death on Wednesday evening upon discovering that he had eaten his meat. The deceased was an eight year old pupil at Maefe Primary School.
The District Police Commander (DPC) Mr Denis Kamugisha confirmed the incident and the arrest.
“The suspect killed his son after he found out the he had eaten his meat kept for him by his wife, who was away when the incident happened. We were alerted and have arrested him,” he said.
Mr Kamugisha said the suspect, who is currently detained at Manafwa Central Police station, will be charged with murder after the investigations.
He, however, cautioned parents against torturing their children and any other form of violence in their families, saying it’s a crime.
“The suspect was drunk at the time he committed the offence,” he said.
Ms Everline Sellah, one of the neighbours told Daily Monitor, that on the fateful night, the suspect returned home from a drinking spree before asked for his meat. He got angry off after his son confessed to have eaten it.
“I heard when the son told him that he had eaten it and I knew it would annoy him but I did not expect that he would kill him because of meat,” she said.
Ms Sellah explained that after a few minutes, they heard the suspect making alarm that he had killed his own son.
“We thought he was joking but when rushed there, we found the child dead. He had strangled him to death,” he said.