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Court Adjourns Fr. Lazarous Ejoyi’s Assault Case to Next Month

The clerk said Lubowa was concerned that many people would turn up and congest the court premises increasing chances of spreading the disease.
Arua Magisterial Area.
The Arua Chief Magistrate’s court has adjourned the case in which Monsignor Kasto Adeti, the Vicar General of Arua Catholic Diocese was accused of assaulting and causing grievous bodily harm to Rev. Fr. Lazarous Ejoyi.

The case which was earlier scheduled for hearing on Monday, June 15 was adjourned to July 17, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joyce Lekuru, the clerk to the Chief Magistrate Daniel Lubowa, on Monday, said she was instructed to adjourn the case for a month due to the coronavirus disease lockdown.

The clerk said that the magistrate was concerned that many people would turn up and congest the court premises increasing chances of spreading the disease.

But Fr Ejoyi has protested the decision of the Magistrate. “If coronavirus is the real reason of not hearing this case at the fixed date, then we are not sure as to when the hearing will kick off because they may continue to adjourn the case to the advantage of the suspect Monsignor Kasto Adeti,” Fr. Ejoyi said.

On April 29, 2020, Fr. Ejoyi was allegedly attacked by Monsignor Kasto Adeti the Vicar General of Arua Diocese and also Parish priest of Ediofe Cathedral Parish. It is alleged that Adeti used a stick to beat Fr. Ejoyi several times on his right arm causing a compound fracture.

In a statement, Monsignor Adeti at first admitted having assaulted Fr. Ejoyi, saying he acted out of emotion after Fr. Ejoyi insulted him and Bishop Sabino Odoki of Arua Diocese.

But while appearing in court on May 13, 2020, he pleaded not guilty to the offence and was granted a non-cash bail of 20 million shillings.