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Man, 22, Arrested Over Sodomizing 12-Year-Old Boy

Man, 22, Arrested Over Sodomizing 12-Year-Old Boy

Police in Bushenyi District, western Uganda are holding a 22-year-old man on allegations of sodomizing a 12-year-old boy. According to the greater Bushenyi police spokesperson Mr Marcial Tumusiime, the suspect (name withheld) is a casual labourer at Nyabwirima cell, Bitooma town council in Bushenyi District.

The victim, currently admitted at Comboni Hospital in Kyamuhunga Sub County is a friend to the suspect.

“It is alleged on May 28, 2023, the victim disappeared from home and came back in the evening. He did the same on May 29 and surfaced on June 01 when he was not walking well,” Mr Mtumusiime said on Friday evening.

When asked by her guardian Ms Edinah Ayebazibwe the victim told her that since the time he escaped from home, the suspect took him to his house. He would locked him up and tell him to bend and he would use his an*s.

“After noticing changes in his usual walking style, I got concerned and asked him what had happened. Because of pain he told me everything and I reported it to the police leading to the suspect’s arrest,” Ms Ayebazibwe said.

She added that the victim was a good friend to the accused. At the time of the incident, they were harvesting beans together.

The incident follows the arrest of other two people in the area over the same offences. The duo including a former catechist were arrested on allegations of aggravated human trafficking and condomizing a 20-year-old man.

According to Uganda’s newly signed Anti-Gay Law 2023, offenders of attempted aggravated homosexuality will face 14 years in jail. Once convicted, the offence of homosexuality will attract 20 years in prison.

Attempted homosexuality attracts 10 years. Recruiting, displaying and distribution of material for same-sex sexual acts attracts 20 years. Allowing the use of premises for homosexuality attracts 10 years and other penalties.

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