Man Stabs Wife To Death For Giving Him HIV

The man said he killed his wife to keep her from infecting other people

A man in Lagos has been arrested by the police in the state after he was accused of killing his wife.

Phillip Katongu, an indigene of Nasarawa, reportedly stabbed his wife, Justina 3 times because she had given him HIV.

The incident is said to have occurred at the couple's Oniru Estate, Maroko residence. 45-year-old Katongu also attempted to kill himself but he was stopped by neighbours.

He said:

“I married Justina, my second wife in December 2010. I later learnt that she had given birth to two girls for a man. The girls died of AIDS.

“However, when we first met, she did not tell me all this. I explained to her that I have a wife with children and I wanted to marry her too. Before marriage, I told her we should go to hospital to conduct HIV test, but she refused and said that she was HIV negative. So we started sleeping together.”

The suspect was oblivious to his wife's condition until she took him along for one of her hospital visits and that was when he found out.

He said:

“I was angry and told the doctor who equally blamed her for not disclosing it to me. The doctor then tested me, and I was positive. We came back to Lagos and continued with the relationship because I loved her.

"But suddenly, she told me she wanted to pack out from my house that she was no longer interested in marrying me having had another person in Abuja. In fact, the man usually called her on phone while we were together."

“I told her that with her status, she should not go and be infecting people with the virus. And that I will kill her and kill myself. We started fighting and I stabbed her. It was in the early hours. I stabbed her three times with a knife. She shouted and people were knocking at our door.

After she died, I stabbed myself, and the people broke the door open. I woke up to find myself in a hospital. I feel very bad that I killed my wife. I loved her very much.”

Katongu was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries and was then taken into police custody for the murder of his wife.

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