Jinja Road police are investigating the alleged rape and murder of a 45-year-old woman named Grace Nabulya.
The murder came to light after Harriet Kunihira, a 33-year-old office assistant at Cheshire Services Uganda, reported the incident to the police. Kunihira stated that Nabulya had gone missing from her residence in the Kisosonkole zone, upper estate parish, on Wednesday evening.
According to Kunihira, Nabulya had left her home around 8 pm to visit a nearby food stall but never returned. It was later discovered that she had been found dead in a garden in Kiwatule.
Residents informed the police that Nabulya had a lover in Kiwatule, along East African road, and it is believed that she encountered her assailants while on her way to visit him. The police suspect that she fell into the hands of criminals who sexually assaulted her before strangling her.
“This morning, her body was discovered lying in a nearby garden of cassava, maize, and beans near East African road. The body was found by an individual who had gone outside at 6:30 am to dispose of rubbish,” explained a detective.
The police found Nabulya’s private parts exposed, with her underwear found approximately three meters away from the body. There was also presence of visible marks of resistance indicating that she fought against her attackers before succumbing to them.
“The body was lying on its back with bruises on both knees, the left side of her face, and a deep stab wound on her forehead. There were clear signs of struggle, as the assailants had trampled on the crops in the area where the body was found,” said a detective.
Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson noted that a sniffer dog was deployed to the scene but was unable to trace the culprits due to interference from locals and passersby, as the crime scene was close to a road.