Burera man kills wife

A man who allegedly  killed his wife last Sunday night after a domestic quarrel, handed himself to police after three days of hiding.  
Jean Marie Vianney Niyonsenga, admitted to killing his wife (Photo: B. Mukombozi)
Jean Marie Vianney Niyonsenga, admitted to killing his wife (Photo: B. Mukombozi)

A man who allegedly  killed his wife last Sunday night after a domestic quarrel, handed himself to police after three days of hiding.  

Jean Marie Vianney Niyonsenga, 33, a resident of Gahunga Sector, Burera District admitted killing his wife Chantal Umutesi, accusing her of infidelity.

During the burial of the deceased on Tuesday, mourners revealed that the family had been engulfed in domestic conflicts for a long time, but added that the man could have been driven by alcohol to commit the gruesome act.

The couple had three children.
On the fateful night, the wife returned from a church service where her friends had received the Eucharist, according to mourners.

She was accompanied by her friend but the husband reportedly refused to open for her, but later emerged out with a club which he used to hit the wife on the head.

Speaking to The New Times shortly after he handed himself to police, Niyonsenga, confessed to having hit his wife on the head twice and fled after discovering that he had caused serious harm.

“I wanted to commit suicide after realising she was dead, I never planned to kill her, I did it under the influence of alcohol,’’ Niyonsenga, said pleading.

He narrated that, whereas they had family feuds over infidelity in the past, they had reconciled and were leaving peacefully, although they had a simple verbal exchange that night.

“I came from the bar, at 7 pm in the evening, and found the children alone, I just proceeded to my bed because I was drunk,” he recalled.

“She came back knocking at the door, I refused to open, we exchanged sharp words, and that is how I came out and hit her.’’

Burera Mayor, Samuel Sembagari, who attended the burial, condemned the killing, urging residents to cooperate with community policing committees to prevent crimes, and report domestic-related conflicts to the authorities.

He warned the residents against revenge between the families and urged the residents to ensure peace and security.

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