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Cop tries to kill wife over airtime

13 November 2014, 16:00 Godfrey Olukya

Bombo - A drunken policeman on Wednesday morning caused panic in the central Uganda town of Bombo after he attempted to kill his wife for failing to buy him airtime.

He sporadically shot his gun, forcing some of his neighbours to flee as they mistook him for gunmen.

Central region police spokesman, Lameck Kigozi, identified the policeman as John Okoth.

According to his wife, Eva Okoth, the policeman reportedly returned home at around 4.00 am while totally drunk.

''I gave him food but after eating it he vomited. He then started crying saying that his colleagues with whom he had been drinking had poisoned him,'' said Eva.

She further disclosed that Okoth gave her UGX 1 000 and told her to go and buy airtime so he could inform his relatives that he was about to die.

Since it was too early and there were no shops open, the woman went and locked her self in the kitchen.

Okoth went wild, picked his gun and started shooting towards the kitchen while shouting that he was going to kill her and self.

Fortunately, she was lying on the floor and was not hurt.

Lameck Kigozi said, ''When other policemen heard the gunshots, they rushed towards Okoth's house. He started shooting at them.''

Kigozi said they finally managed to arrest him. By the time of arrest, he had allegedly shot 26 bullets but since he was very drunk, he did not hit his targets.

''But the gunshots had made all those living in the police barracks and surrounding areas so scared that some fled from their houses thinking they had been attacked by rebels,'' said local leader, Edward Kapale.

Kigozi said soon Okoth will be taken to court to be charged with misuse of the gun and attempted murder.

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