Man, 18, arrested for defiling 8-year-old girl

AMURU, UGANDA: The Police in Amuru District have arrested an 18-year-old man on allegations of defiling an 8-year-old girl on Tuesday morning.

The suspect (whose details this publication cannot reveal) is a resident of Pacilo West Village, Atiak Sub-County in Amuru District, northern Uganda.

Mr David Ongom Mudong, the Aswa River Regional Police Spokesperson confirmed the incident and said that the suspect who was arrested on Wednesday afternoon is currently detained at Atiak Police Station pending further investigations.

“Our officers have arrested the suspect allegedly involved in an incident of aggravated defilement of an 8-year-old girl (name withheld because she is a minor), which took place on July 18, 2023, at around 4 pm in Pacilo West Village,” Mr Ongom said.

The victim’s father who happens to be an uncle to the suspect narrates that his daughter was at home together with the suspect and two other young children below the age of five when she was lured to a nearby bush where the two engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse with her.

Upon returning home, the victim’s biological father found her crying with her clothes stained with fresh blood, arousing suspicion. She was immediately taken to Yalayala Secret Heart Health Center II, where she confided in her sister and a nurse about the sexual abuse she endured in the bush.

The nurse’s examination revealed that the victim’s private parts were torn and still bleeding with fresh blood. This prompted the nurse to report the incident to the O/CID Atiak Police Station, who immediately responded to the call.

The victim was further taken for a medical examination to determine the extent of the sexual assault on the victim and also enrolled on Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) to reduce the risk of HIV infection.

According to Mr Ongom, the suspect faces charges of aggravated defilement and will be arraigned before court magistrate once investigations are concluded.

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