Crime

Prominent Kisoro Businessman arrested for defiling 17-year-old student, forcing abortion

Police Spokesperson CP Enanga Fred on Monday disclosed the culprit as one Ndikuyezi Ramathan, a prominent Estate and fuel dealer in the district.

KISORO, UGANDA: The Directorate of Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is currently investigating an alleged case of aggravated defilement and procurement of an abortion against a 17-year old student by a prominent businessman in Kisoro district.

The victim according to police is a female Senior three student at one of the schools in Kisoro.

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Police Spokesperson CP Enanga Fred on Monday disclosed the culprit as one Ndikuyezi Ramathan, a prominent Estate and fuel dealer in the district.

According to Enanga, It is alleged that during the COVID lockdown, the victim approached Mr. Ndikuyezi for a job at his petrol station, but he instead promised her a job in his estate business.
“It is during one of the inspections of his estate business, that they got involved and started a love affair till April 2022, when the victim realized she was pregnant and tried to abort secretly, with the help of a medical person in Kisoro,” Enanga said.

He added, “Due to much fear for her parents, the victim left for Kampala and got a job as a maid at Musawo’s in Bukasa. She however, developed complications and was rushed to Quatum Medical Facility, where it was established that the fetus was still stuck in her womb. The victim was transferred to Nsambya Hospital for better treatment.”

Enanga explained that although the victim claims she is 19, her parents claim she is 17 years, a matter which has since caused an alarm and discontentment among the elders and responsible persons involved in the case.

“We are treating the matter as a priority and will ensure the rights of the victim are protected. What she has endured is painful and our team of counselors are handling her with sensitivity and respect. We want to thank the parents for the courage they took to report the matter to police, the fact that the suspect is a prominent businessman who wields power and influence in Kisoro. It will lead other victimized parents to stand-up to abusers, who victimize their children.”

The police spokesperson further applauded the officers from the Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Department, CID KMP, and Kisoro Territorial Police for taking aggressive action to thoroughly investigate the disturbing allegations.

He added that the detectives are pursuing all venues, including DNA and other scientific tests against the samples taken from the suspect and the victim and cautioned the public in Kigezi Region not rush to judgement until the DPP gives her legal opinion.

“Obviously if the charges are suctioned expect us to charge the suspect to court immediately for Human trafficking, Aggravated Defilement, and Procuring an abortion,” he disclosed.

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