29-year-old bricklayer, Barry Chayi, has narrated how he killed his estranged wife with an axe and cut off his eight-year-old daughter’s hand in the Kampala community, Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Speaking to PUNCH, Chayi, who said they have been married for 10 years, said it was a mistake because he did not intend to kill her.
He said they live peacefully and there have been no problems since they got married.
Recounting the tragic events, Chayi said: “I married my wife and we lived together.
The problem started when I got sick. The illness made me unstable. Any time I took ill, my body used to shake.
I needed a solution so I went for treatment.
The person who treated me gave me soap and told me to use it for bathing and that it would cure the disease.
When I returned home and told my wife, her condition did not improve. It became a problem.
Later, she left our house with our daughter and went to her father’s house and she never came back.
“After a while she came back to our house with my daughter and said she wanted to pack her things.
When I asked where she was going, she just said she was leaving the house but she didn’t tell me where she was going.
I didn’t want her to leave, so I tried to stop her from moving out of the house.
In the process we start fighting. We started to struggle and I fell near an axe.
Then I took the ax and hit her on the neck and she fell down and started bleeding.
This happens. where did she die Some people in the community came to the house and security officers also came, and I was arrested and detained. She was taken to the hospital.
I was in custody when someone came to tell me that my wife had died from a deep ax cut.
Is it true that you also used the axe to cut off one of your daughter’s hands?
It’s true that I cut off one of her hands with an ax, but it wasn’t completely severed.
Why did you hurt your daughter to such an extent?
Nothing. She didn’t do anything to offend me.
Did you just decide to hurt her?
It happened when I was fighting with my wife. She (my daughter) was around. He tried to intervene when I wanted to use the ax on my wife. That’s why I also cut one of her hands.
Where is your daughter now?
I don’t know, but I was told he didn’t die. I feel very bad. What I did was not good. The government should forgive me.
It was anger that caused it all. Men arguing with their wives should learn from me.