ZOMBO. A primary school teacher in Zombo district is to be charged with murder and arson after burning his two children to death following a domestic brawl with his wife.

Mr Abubaker Musiho, the Zombo district police commander (DPC) confirmed the incident and revealed that Mr Swaib Thoming, 32, has been admitted at Warr health center IV after he attempted to commit suicide.

Reports indicate that Thoming brought the children identified as Delis Piyich, 8, and Grasiano Ochairwoth, 3, from his mother-in-law where they were staying and decided to burn them while sleeping in a grass thatched house.

The incident occurred in Ojayo village, Anyola parish in Atyak sub county in the night of Sunday.

According to Mr Paschal Jawiambe, the Ojayo village chairman, on the fateful day, Thoming picked the two children who had been staying with his mother in-law and brought them to his home where they met their death after a disagreement with his wife.

Jawiambe said the couple had separated for less than a month when the incident occurred.

"It is a sad moment for us because this is very traumatizing for everyone here, the children went to bed at around midnight, only to die in their sleep," Jawiambe said.

Mr John Kadilo, a resident of Ojayo village said Thoming was later intercepted about 10km away as he attempted to flee from the village.

He said the suspect had a long standing sower relationship with his wife which might have resulted into such a condemnable act.

Meanwhile the DPC said they have already preferred charges of murder and arson against the suspect.

"Thoming attempted to commit suicide by overdosing himself with drugs but our team rushed him to a health facility where he is being monitored. When he recovers, we will charge him with murder and arson," Musiho said.

He added that the investigation into the incident has already commenced to ascertain the circumstances under which the two capital offences of murder and arson were committed.

The DPC, however, commended members of the community for what he termed as high level of vigilance that helped in the interception of the suspect as he tried to run away after the incident.