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Police: Rwandan strangled son after failed marriage

Police in Entebbe say Pierre Pauline couldn't provide for his son on the back of three failed marriages and decided to strangle him instead

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MURDER | A Rwandan man who was frustrated by his struggles to provide for his son after a failed marriage strangled him instead, Police have said.

Pierre Pauline, 43, a resident of Zinga in Entebbe Municipality in the central district of Wakiso, had failed in his third marriage and was worried about his finances before the attack on his own son.

According to Kampala Metropolitan Police, Pierre has been battling with depression and spent Sunday evening drinking, only to return home and strangle the 5-year-old Baptist Byamukama.

“When Police arrived at the home, the child was unresponsive and was pronounced dead on arrival at Entebbe hospital,” Met Police said.

In his confession after arrest, Pierre reportedly told Police: “I don’t know what had come over me, I felt possessed, strangled my son and later realised when it was too late to save him.”

Police said the suspect was later subjected to a medico-legal psychiatric assessment and the report from the doctor proved he was in a stable mental state.

The suspect is currently detained at Entebbe Police Station on charges of murder contrary to section 188 and 189 of the Penal Code Act vide CRB 903/2018 and is to be arraigned before courts of law early this week.

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