RUBIRIZI, UGANDA: The Police in Rubirizi District are actively investigating how a suspected thief accused of breaking into a shop died inside the police cells shortly after being arrested.
The deceased has been identified as one Pascal Beinomugisha, a resident of Myonyo cell, in Katerera Town Council, Rubirizi District who died at Katerera police station in the Greater Bushenyi Regional Police District.
According to the regional police spokesperson, Mr Marcial Tumusiime “It is alleged that on July 2, 2023, at around 1100hrs Beinomugisha was arrested on charges of shop breaking and theft and detained in police cells. While in cells his health condition became worse and one of the suspects alerted police officers who rushed him to Katerera Health Center III where he later died. ”
“Our preliminary investigations indicate that the deceased was drunk and talkative by the time of the arrest. Some exhibits in the case of shop breaking were recovered from his rented room,” Mr Marcial added.
He added that statements were recorded from relevant witnesses before the body was taken to Rugazi Health Centre IV for postmortem as investigations into the matter continue.
A case was opened up vide Katerera-Police Station SD REF 19/02/07/2023 and later Rubirizi D.E.F 007/2023 as investigations into the cause of death continue, although police said the body had no physical injuries.