By Our Reporter
Betty Cherotich, a teacher and wife has been arrested on allegations that she masterminded the murder of her husband, Dr Jino Abiriga.
Dr Jino Abiriga, former Masindi Acting District Health Officer (DHO) was found lying dead in the wee hours of Sunday night, 7th January, 2024 at a neighbor’s compound at Kijura cell, central division in Masindi municipality.
The facts gathered indicate that on the 7.01.2024, the victim left his home in the morning, to attend a friend’s wedding. After the wedding his driver, dropped him at his home at around 9pm.
At around 10pm, he and his wife, Cherotic Betty, went to sleep in their double roomed house. Their children and dependants who included; Aseru Angela aged 17 (daughter to the deceased); Cherotic Maureen, aged 14 (step daughter), Cheprotich Kenneth, aged 11 (step – son), Afakoru Jackline, aged 12, (niece), and Arinaitwe Desire, aged 8 (daughter to his family friend), also went to sleep in their separate unit. The units are enclosed in a fence.
The victim’s body was found dead, with a deep cut on the neck, multiple cuts on the head, hand and dumped 50 metres away from his residence.
“An immediate search was conducted at the premises of the deceased, and suspected blood stains recovered from the walls in the bedroom and from under their marital bed,” Fred Enanga said in a statement.
Although the wife claims that the victim was called on phone by someone, to go and carry out an operation on a patient and never returned home, there is no evidence yet, supporting her claim.
Enanga says, Cherotich claims the blood stains from her bedroom, were from her menstrual cycle.
“We wish to inform the public, that no matter how well, a cover up is made surrounding the heinous act, we will uncover the truth,” Enanga says.
He revealed that police team of forensic experts, recovered blood stains and other samples for forensic analysis that will help establish, whether the victim was murdered from his house or elsewhere and the body dumped near his home.