Crime

Four arrested for gang raping 17-year-old girl

Kole, (UG):- The Territorial Police in North Kyoga Region and Kole Central Police Station have in custody four suspects arrested for the alleged conspiracy and gang rape of a 17-year-old female juvenile and assaulting her two male friends who were escorting her back home from a disco on Sunday night.

The incident occurred at around 3 am on 9th June 2024 at Ocokan cell, Akwirididi Ward in Aboke Town Council, Kole District.

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Preliminary findings gathered indicate that the victim left the disco in the company of her two male friends who were escorting her home.

“They were, however, attacked by a group of men, who assaulted the two boys and chased them, leaving the girl victim behind. Immediately after, they grabbed the victim and took her to the house of their accomplice called Okot, where they gang-raped her,” SCP Fred Enanga, the Police Spokesperson confirmed during a Monday press briefing at Naguru police headquarters.

Mr Enanga added that the victim was, however, rescued by police and the LCI Chairperson, who swiftly responded, after getting a complaint from one of the victim’s male friends. They surrounded the home and arrested the 4 suspects, red-handed with the victim.

“These include; Okello Martin, a 23 year old, resident of Akaidebe “A” cell, Kibwota Bernard, a 25 year old, resident of Atek village, Otiang Patrick aged 23, from Akaidebe village and Nam Aron, a 20-year-old, resident of Akaidebe” Enanga stated, adding that the victim was rushed to Aboke Hospital for Post-rape treatment.

Police said efforts are in place to trace for Okot, the owner of the house and other accomplices adding that the matter is being treated as a priority and are pursuing all leads, including DNA and other scientific tests, against the samples taken from the victim and suspects.

“We remain committed to pursuing every incident of sexual violence against the girl child. And further, ensure that the perpetrators are punished before the courts of law,” Enanga concluded.

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