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Kotido Police Reopens File Against Juvenile accused of Defilement

The District Police Commander Apollo Kyangungu had indicated that police would only give counsel to both the accused and the victim because the case involved juveniles.
DPC Kotido Apollo Kyangungu
Police in Kotido has finally started investigations into a defilement case involving a six-year-old girl who was reportedly abused by a 16-year-old boy. The two children are both from Kamayete Village in Kotido Sub County.

The case, reported in August 2018 by the Philip Lomongin, the LCI chairman of Kanayete Village in Kotido, had been sidelined by police in the district on account that the suspect was equally a minor.

Reports from the village indicate that the parents of the girl lost interest in the case when police showed no interest in the matter.

The District Police Commander Apollo Kyangungu had indicated that police would only give counsel to both the accused and the victim because the case involved juveniles.

However, the Uganda Human Rights Commission launched an investigation into the matter last week after realizing that the complaint had been ignored.

URN has learnt that the police have now reopened the file and visited the village in order to commence investigations. The Officer-in-Charge of Criminal Investigations in Kotido District, Innocent Dusabe says all inquiries into the case have been completed to pave way for the trial.

He adds that the 16-year-old suspect, whose name is withheld, is on the run, adding that he is being hunted to answer charges of aggravated defilement.

According to the laws of Uganda and Children Diversion Guidelines for Police Officers, 2019, children at the age of 12 years are criminally responsible for capital offences.