“It was only once I hit my wife” – Man accused of beating wife to death over bread speaks

A Nigerian man, Wilson Ndubuisi Uwadiegwu, who was accused of beating his wife, Ogochukwu Uwadiegwu Anene, to death, has reacted to the allegation.

Ndubusi was alleged to have beaten his wife, a young mother of five, to death over a loaf of bread in their home in Anambra.

According to the deceased’s brother, Chukwuebuka Anene, Ogochukwu had asked her husband for money to buy bread for the family, but he said he had no money.

He said she then used her money to buy bread for the family, only for her husband to enter the kitchen where she had kept the bread and finish the whole loaf, leaving nothing for the children.

He further claimed that when Ogochuckwu confronted Ndubusi for finishing the bread without keeping any for their children, he allegedly beat her up with his fists and a mirror.

“That led to an argument between the couple which later resulted in a fight. In the process, the man hit his wife with a mirror and beat up his 14-year-old son who was trying to settle the fight. She called to complain about feeling unwell while crying on the phone. After examination, Doctors stated that her muscle had torn and that she had internal bleeding, and she was referred to University Teaching Hospital, Enugu State but on getting to the hospital she died.” He narrated.

Finally breaking his silence on the allegation in an interview with BBC News, Wilson admitted that he had an argument with his wife over bread but insisted that he didn’t have a hand in her death.

He said that he didn’t beat Ogochukwu as claimed, and he also provided the money for the bread, but his wife asked for more things he couldn’t afford.

Reacting to claims that his marriage to Ogochukwu was plagued with domestic violence, he said he only beat her once, and that was a long time ago.

“It was then that my wife began to abuse me, saying all sorts of things. I got angry, and I broke a mirror that injured my wife’s hand that moment. I beat up my son because he joined his mother to insult me. It was only once I hit my wife, and it’s been a long time. I was in the village when they called me to say my wife wasn’t well, I came back home and took her to the hospital where she was later confirmed dead.” He said.

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