Ugandan police have arrested a man on accusations of killing his seven-year-old daughter over failure to do homework.

According to Daily Monitor, the suspect allegedly returned home from his bricklaying work on Monday at 7pm and asked his daughter Irene Nambalirwa whether she had done homework.

The child – a primary school pupil said she had not done homework.

The suspect, according to police pounced on his daughter and beat her to death. The deceased was staying with a step-mother and the suspect.

The Kampala Metropolitan spokesperson, Mr Patrick Onyango, yesterday explained that the girl’s step-mother tried to restrain the suspect from assaulting the girl but he did not stop.

“The step-mother called the residents to help stop her husband from beating the girl but he refused. It was the residents who called police officers from the Child and Family Protection Unit in Kawempe to arrest [the suspect],” Mr Onyango said.

Police arrested the suspect on Monday and took him to a local Police Station while the battered girl was taken to a clinic.

It is reported that when the clinic failed to manage the girl’s condition, she was referred to another hospital where she died yesterday morning.

“We have talked to the father and he says that his intention was not to kill the girl but to punish her for not doing the homework in time,” Mr Onyango said.

The suspect remains at Police Station as investigations continue.

Mr Onyango said the suspect will be charged with murder and that his file will be forwarded to Director of Public Prosecutions today.

Angry residents who talked to Daily Monitor yesterday said this was not the first time, the suspect was severely beating his daughter.


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