Crime

Two men arrested for sodomizing 19-year-old man in Kampala

“The suspect showed him where he would sleep and said it was the same bed that the suspect was also going to sleep. While in the house, another man visited and they wrestled him (victim) down and they sodomised him in turns.’’

KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Katwe Division Police have arrested two men on allegations of sodomizing a 19-year-old man in a gang-raping incident. 

According to Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesman Mr Luke Owoyesigyire, the two suspects, one aged 23 years and the other 18 allegedly lured the victim to visit a residence in Makindye Division, Kampala City last month where the rape is said to have occured.

“The victim reported that case on Saturday. (February 18). He said that he was raped last month and he identified the suspects,” Assistant Superintendent of Police Owoyesigyire said in a statement in Sunday, February 19, 2023. 

The police spokesperson said that the victim told police detectives how he first met one of the suspects at his work place at a salon on Salaama Road in Makindye.

“The suspect told him (the victim) that he was working for peanuts and that he could get him a well-paying job and that’s how their friendship was cemented.”

Mr Owoyesigyire said one day the suspect invited the victim to his home, which he obliged to.

“The victim said that the suspect told him that he should spend the night at his home so that they travel together early in the morning,’’ Mr Owoyesigyire explained.

‘The suspect showed him where he would sleep and said it was the same bed that the suspect was also going to sleep. While in the house, another man visited and they wrestled him (victim) down and they sodomised him in turns.’’

The victim told detectives that he was in a state of shock. He also told them that he took a month to report the incident because  of fear and  embarrassment. 

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The victim said he was later allowed to go away without even getting the job he was promised by the suspect. 

 He added: “The detectives have forwarded him to the police surgeon for examination. The entire process will be done on Monday and we shall determine the way forward.’’

“We are yet to determine whether he was sexually assaulted or not. We have been told that the surgeon is able to find injuries after that period of time. The forensic experts are on the way to visit the scene and extract evidence that might help in the investigation,” he added. 

The suspects are currently being detained at Katwe Police Station as investigations and examination of the 19-year-old victim continues.

According to Section 145 of the Penal Code Act, 1950, it is criminal to have unnatural sexual intercourse and it attracts a life imprisonment on conviction. 

“Any person who has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for life,” Section 145(a) of the Act states.

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The annual police crime reports indicate that cases of unnatural offences are on the rise in the country. 

In 2021, police investigated 80 cases in unnatural offences in the country compared to 79 incident that they studied in 2020. 

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