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Seven Remanded for Procuring Defilement in Amuru

The seven are accused of marrying off a sixteen-year-old girl who is a primary six pupil of Oloyotong Primary School to thirty-three-year-old Charles Ojok on Friday evening from Oloyotong Village in Amuru Sub County Amuru district.
Seven people who married off a 16-year old girl have been remanded for procuring defilement in Amuru district.

They are Charles Ojok, Eveline Aciro, Nyeko Abuja, John Okwir, Elnato Kibwota, Joseph Komakech and Wilberforce Okwonga who are residents of Amuru and Nwoya districts. 

They appeared before the Nwoya Grade One Magistrates Court presided over by her Worship Susan Anyeko on Tuesday for mentioning of their charges. 

  

The seven are accused of marrying off a sixteen-year-old girl who is a primary six pupil of Oloyotong Primary School to thirty-three-year-old Charles Ojok on Friday evening from Oloyotong Village in Amuru Sub County Amuru district.  

The others are relatives to the teenage girl and her said husband. 

 

Prosecution states that the man`s family on Friday evening brought two cows to procure the traditional marriage for the sixteen-year-old girl to the thirty-three-year-old man, something that was duly accepted by the girl`s family who also handed her to the man as a wife. 

  

They were however arrested later on Saturday afternoon by the police while holding a party for the successful marriage following a tip-off from an informer. 

 

The seven appeared before court on Tuesday morning for mentioning of their charges.

However, Susan Anyeko who presided over the court said that the offence is capital in nature and beyond her court and did not allow them to enter their pleas. 

She consequently remanded them to Amuru prisons until Tuesday 6th of April 2021. 

  

The girl was earlier reported to be fifteen-year-old but a medical examination conducted on her on Monday from Gulu Regional Referral Hospital noted that she is sixteen-year-old.

  

The girl who cannot be named because she is a minor is currently being kept at the Action Aid Gender Based Violence Shelter in Gulu City.

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