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
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
The others are relatives to the teenage girl and her
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
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