Mbarara: Locals Kill 65-year-old after She Butchered Daughter, 6 Grandchildren to Death


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Police in Mbarara district have Monday morning retrieved seven bodies, all children, from a home in Nombe 2B village, Kashare parish, Rubindi sub-county in Kashari south constituency after a gruesome murder.

The murder incident occurred on Sunday at around 6pm.

According to Police spokesperson for Rwizi region, ASP Samson Kasasira, Police got information on Monday that a woman identified as Lydia Kyomuhangi, 65, had picked her grandchildren from her neighboring homes of her two sons.

It is alleged that Kyomuhangi gathered the grandchildren in her kitchen where she served them soda and biscuits.

She later went to the main house (in one of the bedrooms where her husband, George Hangamisho, was and cut him with a panga. Hangamisho sustained two cuts on his forehead.

Police says the suspect later proceeded to another bedroom and also butchered her own daughter to death. The daughter, identified as Annet Kyomukama, who is said to have been mental unstable has always been tied on a chain on her bed.

The suspect then made her way back to the kitchen where she had left the little children and murdered all the 6. They were chopped into pieces when Police got to the scene on Monday.

The deceased have been identified as Osbert Nuwamanya (8 years old), Oscar Tarimweba (5), Mercy Owomugisha (6 months), Claire Nankunda (5), Adella Orishaba (9 months) and Apophia Kanshabe (10).

On getting information, Police headed by DPC SP Gad Murungi visited the scene and 7 bodies were taken to Mbarara regional referral hospital (MRRH) for postmortem.

Hangamisho who was injured is receiving medical treatment at Mbarara hospital for treatment.

On Monday morning, upon learning that the suspect had been spotted walking in one of the roads near her home, locals rushed there and killed her instantly. They lynched her and hurled stones at her until she died.

The residents in the area say Kyomuhangi has ocassionally been suffering from mental illness. Some suspect she could have relapsed at the time she committed the murder.

ASP Kasasira says Police are investigating the cause of the brutal murder.

He asked residents to cease partaking in mob action as a way of revenging the criminals.

“The law will always catch up with you, always follow the procedures of solving such matters. Now, the whole family is gone. Whom shall we ask? At least we would have saved her,” said Kasasira

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