Police in Kapchorwa District in Eastern Uganda are holding a 19-year-old teenager on allegations of sodomizing a two-year-old boy.
According to ASP Fredmark Chesang, a spokesman for the Sipi Regional Police, the suspect, a resident of London Bridge in the Kawowo Ward of the Kapchorwa Central Division of the Kapchorwa Municipality, was taken into detention for reportedly sodomizing a child of one of his neighbours.
“It is alleged that the mother of the victim had gone into the garden and left the suspect and victim at home.
"The suspect used this opportunity in the absence of the victim’s mother and sodomised the boy.
"When the mother came back, she noticed the victim was feeling uncomfortable before she rushed him to the hospital where he was examined and discovered that he was sodomised,” the ASP Chesang said.
He said police have preferred charges of aggravated defilement.
“The police wish to appreciate the cooperation of the community for exposing such criminals to police for prosecution. As police we urge them to continue with the same spirit,” he said.
According to the Police Annual Crime report, which was published earlier this year, 12,780 victims were defiled in Uganda in 2022, 12,470 of whom were women.
The same data revealed that there had been a 4.3% decline in the number of aggravated defilement cases reported to police by the end of 2022 compared to the 3,783 cases recorded at the start of 2021.
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