A 33-year old man who spent six months in prison after being accused of having sex with another man is back in the cells, this time charged with murdering the man who testified against him in the older case.
Emmanuel Oweka, a resident of Forgod parish, Bardege-Layibi Division in Gulu city was arrested on Monday following the death of a 53-year-old man identified as Edward Okwera.
Okwera, a resident of Patuda parish, Bardege-Layibi division, Gulu reportedly left home on Saturday, November 28 for his business of selling water but did not return home. He was later found dead on Sunday morning in front of a bar at Forgod trading centre in Bardege-Layibi division.
Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region police spokesperson told URN in an interview that the suspect was immediately arrested following the death of Okwera because Okwera was a witness in a case in which Oweka was remanded to Gulu prison for six months last year.
Oweka had beeen arrested for having sexual intercourse with another man only identified as Alaba and while on remand, he reportedly vowed several times to kill Okwera for testifying against him.
Okema also revealed that what further pins Oweka is that he was the first person to be spotted at the crime scene before anyone else had arrived. Preliminary observation of the deceased’s body indicated that he was kicked severally times and stamped on, which could have led to his death.
Okema added that the body of the deceased was taken to Gulu Regional Referral hospital mortuary for postmortem while the suspect is detained at Gulu Central police station to aid investigation into the murder case under Gulu CRB 1343/2020.