Man Beheads Wife For "Turning Into Lion"

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Police in Ibanda have arrested a 26 year old Ibanda man for beheading his wife. Upon arrest, Arinaitwe Yusuf claimed that he had beheaded his wife because he thought she had turned into a lion.

Police in Ibanda have arrested a 26 year old Ibanda man for beheading his wife.  Upon arrest, Arinaitwe Yusuf claimed that he had beheaded his wife because he thought she had turned into a lion.

The incident occurred in Kyanika cell, Mpasha parish, Rukiri sub-county, Ibanda district.

Arinaitwe Yusuf, a resident of Kyanika cell, beheaded his wife Dorcus Ayebazibwe (23) in their home on Thursday.

While being interrogated, Arinaitwe claimed that his wife Dorcus vanished into thin air on Wednesday when they were working in their garden. Concerned, he started searching for her. The search led to their home and when he entered their bedroom, he found a lion hiding under their marital bed.

Arinaitwe explained to police that he chopped off the head of the lion in self-defence. It was only after the incident that he realised he had beheaded his wife.

However, Rose Namanya, a neighbour claimed that the couple had had domestic troubles for a long time. The three year old marriage was in trouble over accusations of witchcraft the couple levelled at each other.

The officer-in-charge Ibanda Yashabe Chris Muhimbura said Police would conduct tests on Arinaitwe's mental status and if found legally sane, would face charges of murder.

He further noted that Dorcus's killing was the second in the village in under a week. On Sunday, Baraija Kanunu (40) attacked a neighbour's family, killed a woman and injured her husband and son