A lawyer has been remanded to Gulu Main Prison for stabbing her husband to death.
Francesca Amony appeared before the Gulu Chief Magistrate Said Barigye on Monday afternoon.
She was charged with one count of murdering her late husband Dr. Joseph Etuk contrary to sections 188 and 189 of the Penal Code Act.
The prosecution led by David Toskin told the court that on October 28, 2022 while at their residence in Kabedo Opong in Bardege-Layibi Division in Gulu City, Amony with Malice aforethought killed Etuk Joseph.
Court didn’t allow the suspect to plead to the charges since his court lacks jurisdiction over capital offenses.
Barigye accordingly remanded the suspect to Gulu Main Prison until December 2, 2022, when she returns to court for mention of her case.
The Police earlier reported that the suspect, the former Pece Division councilor in the then Gulu Municipal Council, on a fateful day picked up a fight with her husband before fatally stabbing him multiple times.
Etuk, 34 was reportedly pronounced dead on arrival at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital where he had been rushed for emergency treatment. The couple had a three-month-old baby girl.
The Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, David Ongom Mudong told journalists at a press briefing in Gulu City earlier on Monday that investigations were still ongoing in the matter.
He says Police had not yet recorded statements from the suspect since she was still traumatized but notes that police are in possession of a knife that was used to commit the murder. Mudong also notes that the police Pathologist conducted a postmortem on the deceased but declined to reveal its details.
The suspect was initially detained at Gulu West Division Police Station where she voluntarily handed herself in after the Friday evening incident.
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) is a vice that continues to fester across communities, manifesting in various forms including emotional, psychological, and physical violence.
The vice increased after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country in March 2020, and was amplified by increased social and personal anxiety, stress, economic pressure and social isolation.
In an inaugural study conducted by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) published in November 2021, 56 percent of more than 5,000 women interviewed across the country had experienced both sexual and physical violence from their partners.
The survey shows that 54 percent of women say their men insisted on knowing their whereabouts at all times while 46 percent reported being suspected of unfaithfulness.