Lady Burned Boyfriend To Death Over Alleged Cheating

A woman has been arrested for burning her boyfriend and her cousin to death after suspecting that they were allegedly dating behind her back.

The incident happened in Kampala, Uganda.

The 24-year-old woman, Suzan Kaitesi was accused of locking up her boyfriend and her cousin in her apartment bedroom before setting it ablaze.

The cousin, Patricia Arinda and the boyfriend identified simply as Kajumba, died in what the police are describing as a love triangle.

The suspect is said to have run away from the inferno while telling anyone within the vicinity that a gas explosion had taken place.

The neighbours and police rescue team, however, found the bedroom locked. When they broke into the bedchamber, they discovered two corpses. The gas cooker was intact and bedroom keys missing.

The incident happened on January 12, 2023, at Jinja Karoli Kawempe Zone ‘A’ Ward in Nabweru Kawempe Division Kampala District.

Mr Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan police deputy spokesperson, on Sunday, January 15, 2023, confirmed the incident.

He also revealed that a female suspect has since been arrested and police preferred a holding charge of murder as investigations continue.

Police preliminary investigations indicate that fire shattered the apartment belonging to Ms Grace Sanyu, a businesswoman and resident of Kawempe Division.

“The room, a double unit, was being rented and occupied by Suzan Kaitesi (the suspect) 24 years,” Mr Owoyesigyire said.

“It is reported that Kaitesi received two visitors identified as Patricia Arinda, 24, her cousin, and Kajumba, 27, her friend, she told the police that the visitors came to her place in the morning and the fire broke out later that evening while they were still in the house.”

Mr Owoyesigyire added that the Kampala Metropolitan North Regional Fire brigade responded to the distress call, but by the time the fire was put out two people had passed on.

“We recorded statements from witnesses. Our officers later visited Kaitesi Susan in the clinic where she had been rushed for first aid and she was later referred to Kawempe Hospital for further management and later discharged and taken to police for questioning,” he said.

The crime scene was visited and documented by officials from National Building Review Board, Umeme, and a police forensic team to ascertain the exact cause of the fire.

Police detectives close to the investigation told the Monitor that the suspect initially described the two people that died in the inferno as just her visitors. She would later describe Kajumba as her boyfriend when probed further.

A detective, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told this publication that the suspect went for Christmas holidays upcountry and she left her cousin sister Patricia in the house.

It is alleged that the suspect started plotting her revenge when she was informed by her neighbours that her cousin was secretly dating her boyfriend. 

Mr Michael Ndyamuhaki, the defence secretary at Njuki boda boda stage, told the Daily Monitor on Sunday, that Kajumba came to the apartment on Thursday morning at 10am.

At around midday, Patricia also came to the apartment and they kept inside.

The suspect is said to have arrived at 1pm and stayed put in the house for more than two hours. When people saw a plume of smoke emerge from the apartment, they sprung to the rescue of its occupants.

Mr Vicente Kintu, a boda boda rider at Njuki stage, participated in the rescue. He said the bedroom was locked and they failed to break it because of the fire.  

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