Crime & Investigation

Gulu: Man Arrested for Murdering Own Mother

Police in Gulu have arrested a 26-year-old man for allegedly hacking his own mother to death.

The suspect Sylvester Odokonyero is accused of murdering his mother identified as Hellen Akello, 53.

The suspect, who is currently detained at Gulu Central Police station is said to have committed the act on June 23, at Kinene Village, Uyama Sub-county in Gulu district.

Police spokesman for Aswa region Jimmy Patrick Okema confirmed this incidence saying the case is registered under CRB855/2019.

Okema says the murder was reported by the husband of the deceases, Paul Olum.

The suspect reportedly went with his mother to the garden but neither of them returned home.

People in the area were only alerted after residents picked up a smell of decomposing body, which turned out to be Akello’s.

A post mortem conducted shows that the deceased had multiple cuts on the head. The body was handed later to relatives for Burial.


The police mouthpiece says the suspect will be taken first for medical examination to ascertain the status of his mental health.

Okema adds that the suspect is not a first time offender because there are records of him being involved in a plea bargain before.

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