Arua, (UG): The Inspector of Police (IP) Thomas Otim who also heads the Professional Standards Unit in the West Nile Region has been released from detention over lack of insufficient evidence implicating him in allegations of aggravated defilement.
Otim was last week on Tuesday arrested for allegedly defiling a daughter of Dr Charles Madrama, the West Nile Regional Police Surgeon, who is stationed at Arua Central Police Barracks.
The 49-year-old suspect was reported to have defiled the victim in an incident which allegedly occurred on October 9, 2023, at the police barracks in Bazar Ward, Arua Central Division, Arua City.
It is alleged that Otim, who resides near the victim’s family, lured the girl, who was in the house with her mother Rachel Nsiima, to his house. The mother explained that they heard the girl scream, prompting her elder brother to intervene.
After this, Nsiima said she examined her daughter, revealing injuries in her private area. She reported the incident to the police, resulting in the opening of a General Inquiry File (GEF: No. 86/2023). Subsequent medical examinations confirmed penetration and injuries to the girl’s private parts.
Otim was initially granted bond, considering his position as the head of the West Nile PSU. However, he was re-arrested Tuesday following a directive from the Police headquarters.
However, in the latest development, Josephine Angucia, the West Nile Police Spokesperson, says that Otim was released from Arua Central Police Station (CPS) cells on Monday, October 23, on the advice of the Resident State Attorney who decided to close the case file due to insufficient evidence when it was forwarded for perusal and legal advice.
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