The son of a Long Island surgeon fiendishly plotted his father's "execution" - then bashed him with a bat and slit his throat while he slept, authorities said Sunday.
"This was a particularly brutal crime and the brutality was only exceeded by the premeditation," Nassau County prosecutor Frank Schroeder said.
Mulumba Kazigo, 26, was charged with murder Saturday after he led detectives to woods in Lewisboro, Westchester County, where he had dumped the corpse of his father, Joseph Kazigo, 67, cops said. At an arraignment Sunday, he was ordered back to jail despite appeals by his attorney Francis Ssekandi that he be allowed to attend his father's funeral Wednesday.
The suspect's defense team declined to discuss details of the case other than to say that Kazigo, a SUNY Albany graduate student, had no criminal history. "He has a gentle demeanor ... quiet, unassuming," lawyer Karoli Ssemogerere said, adding that his client is "very distraught" about the slaying, according to the New York Times.
Police painted a different picture, one of a calculating son whounleashed pent-up fury after a long-running feud with his dad, who came from Ugandan royalty and was known as a strict disciplinarian.
"It would be an understatement to say that the son obviously harbored ill feelings toward his father," Nassau Detective Lt. Dennis Farrell said. "There had been a level of tension right below the surface."
The tension boiled over last week, and the son went shopping for weapons on Tuesday, buying a wooden bat and a large knife, cops said.
He also allegedly packed plastic bags and tape to wrap his dad's corpse, which he would stuff in the trunk of a car borrowed from one of his brothers.
"This defendant planned this execution of his father and carried it out very efficiently," Schroeder said.
After his father returned to his rented apartment in Westbury on Wednesday following a shift at Nassau University Medical Center, the son broke in by smashing a door window, cops said. "He beat his father with a baseball bat while he was sleeping. He cut his throat and then went to great lengths to hide his father's body," Schroeder said.
He ditched the body and other evidence in three different spots a 10-minute drive from his family's home, cops said.
Streams of mourners in traditional African garb converged on the doctor's sprawling home in Lincolndale in Westchester.
"He was a very strict person in his life," said surgeon Sam Kigongo. "What I will remember most of him was his exceptional drive and energy."