In Summary
  • Pascal Omusungu, 51, was apprehended for assaulting 39-year-old Jackline Kerubo on Sunday.
  • Ms Kerubo said her husband scolded her because she gave vegetables to her neighbour.
  • The woman said her eight-year-old son rescued her by hitting the man with a spade as he strangled her.
  • The incident took place just a day after rights defenders expressed concern over an surge of cases of gender-based violence in the Busia.:

Police in Nambale, Busia County, on Tuesday arrested the man who bit off his wife’s lower lip and left ear following a quarrel over vegetables.

Pascal Omusungu, 51, was apprehended for assaulting 39-year-old Jackline Kerubo on Sunday.

Mr Omusungu went into hiding immediately after committing the crime at around 11pm.

THE ARREST

Nambale Sub-county Police Commander Robert Ndambiri said the man was arrested at St Mary's while harvesting sugarcane with other people.

“We are holding the suspect at the Nambale Police Station cells. He will be taken to Busia court tomorrow (Wednesday)," Mr Ndambiri told journalists.

Mr Kerubo was to record a statement at the Nambale station on Tuesday afternoon alongside three witnesses who will accompany her to the Busia court to testify.

“The victim was  reluctant to record a statement fearing that the husband might be jailed when he appears in court but she eventually did after being convinced to,” the police commander said.

WHAT HAPPENED

Ms Kerubo said her husband scolded her because she gave vegetables to her neighbour.

“After he realised that I had [done that], he followed me to the house and started throwing blows at me. I fell down and became unconscious," she said.

"He took advantage of my state and bit off my lower lip and left ear."

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