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Kitgum Murder: One Suspect Arrested After Being Trailed By Sniffer Dog

Robert Oken, the officer in Charge of Criminal Investigation at Kitgum central police station told URN in an interview Sunday that attempts by the girl’s parents and relatives to locate her on Thursday failed to yield results. He says another search conducted on Friday led to the recovery of Anena’s lifeless body and a bicycle she used in a bush.
29 Dec 2019 15:23
Kitgum district are holding a suspect in connection to the gruesome murder of a 12 year-old primary school girl in Amako Ryek village in Kitgum Matidi Sub County. Simon Okello, a resident of Pader district was picked up on Saturday afternoon after being trailed by a police sniffer dog. 

According to police reports, the deceased identified as Fiona Anena, disappeared on Friday when she went to collect harvest sorghum from their garden on the instructions of her mother. 

Robert Oken, the officer in Charge of Criminal Investigation at Kitgum central police station told URN in an interview Sunday that attempts by the girl’s parents and relatives to locate her failed to yield results.

He says another search conducted on Saturday led to the recovery of Anena’s lifeless body and a bicycle she used in a bush. Oken says police personnel comprising of Scene of Crime Officers and canine handlers responded to the murder scene and deployed a sniffer dog, which picked up a scent and trailed the suspect up to his home. 

“The sniffer dog was deployed at the murder scene it picked up scent from the scene and followed it up until it reached a home and refused to move away. The dog is trained to follow such trails and we picked the suspect for investigation,” he said.

He notes that the suspect is being detained at Kitgum central police station pending further investigations. The Kitgum Matidi Sub County LCIII Chairperson Kenneth Oketayot says the deceased is suspected to have been defiled before her assailant strangled her to death.

He says the deceased was found naked with severe injuries to her private part. Oketayot condemned the gruesome murder and called for calm from the aggrieved family members. Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, says the deceased’s body has taken to Kitgum General Hospital for postmortem to ascertain the cause of death before they hand it over to relatives for burial.

In November this year, a 30-year-old man was arrested for allegedly defiling and killing his two year and seven months old daughter. Samuel Opoka, a farmer at Lapana B village in Kitgum Matidi Sub County reportedly sexually assaulted the minor before killing her at his home.    He is currently on remand at Kitgum government prison.