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Soroti Court Overwhelmed By Defilement Cases As Lockdown Continues

Soroti Court Overwhelmed By Defilement Cases As Lockdown Continues

Soroti Chief Magistrate court has recently been overwhelmed with defilement cases leading in the area by about 40%.

Margaret Aanyu said defilement cases culprits are youth between ages of 18 and 23. However, the victims include girls below 14 years

She also observed that theft follows with 35% involving the youth who steal livestock and chicken among other items.

More to that, she said assault cases follow theft at 25% involving women fighting for husbands amongst themselves.

Meanwhile, Michael Emasu, the State Prosecutor, confirmed that most files sanctioned are for defilement, theft, and assault cases. He said that during this covid-19 pandemic lockdown, these are the leading cases.

In a related story, police arrested a 50-year-old man on allegations of defiling his nine-year-old daughter.

Apparently, the man had separated from his wife and remained in the custody of their daughter. He confessed to having raped.

About a month ago, Rubaga division police arrested another 50-year-old man who also faced accusations of defilement. For his case, he defiled a five-year-old girl who turned out to be his own niece.

Authorities have cautioned parents to take good care of their children, and to protect them at all costs, even from their own family members.

In 2020, 301 children were defiled by suspects who were HIV positive compared to the 390 in 2019, according to a report.

Guardians defiled 120, and teachers 55. However, 120 were defiled by their own biological parents in 2020.

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