Man beats seven-year-old son to death for refusing to attend school


PADER. The Police in Pader District have arrested a 30-year-man for allegedly beating to death his son after the boy reportedly refused to go to school.

Richard Odokonyero, 7, who was in primary one at Pader Ogom Primary School was hit on the head by his irritated father Denis Omony.

The incident happened on Wednesday afternoon at Omaki gira village, Ogom Sub-County in Pader District.

The Ogom Sub-County Chairperson Mr Charles Otto Lalobo, confirmed the incident to Daily Monitor in an interview on Thursday.

He said the suspect became wild and beat his son on the head repeatedly using a big stick before he collapsed and died.

Mr Lalobo noted that Omony had pleaded with his son several times to go to school, but in vain, prompting him to resort to punishment which ended tragically.

Reports indicate that the child had refused to go to school because he complained of being mistreated by the step mother and wanted his father to take him to his grandmother’s home.

“This is a very unfortunate incident that shouldn’t have happened, there are several ways a parent can use to teach their children, but not corporal punishments. The police must follow up the matter and ensure the suspect is punished,” Mr Lalobo said.

The Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson Jimmy Patrick Okema said the suspect is currently being detained at Pader Central Police station.

He said police are preferring a murder charge against the suspect upon completion of investigation.

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