The Territorial Police in Kamengo, has in custody a 38 year old, male suspect on charges of Aggravated Defilement, from an incident that occurred, during the year 2017, where he defiled his 7 year old niece and infected her with the deadly HIVAIDS, while at Lukango village, Kamengo Sub county, Mpigi District.
The investigation which was as a result of intelligence obtained from a medical facility, which diagnosed the victim, a primary 4 pupil, with HIV/AIDS. Both her parents were examined and found to be HIV negative. As a result, the victim revealed how the suspect known to her as a maternal uncle, defiled her on three separate occasions, from his gardens at Lukango village. She added that the suspect threatened to kill her if she ever revealed the matter to anyone. The matter was however, brought to the attention of her parents in 2008, who were equally threatened by the suspect, till September 2019, when the intelligence was picked by the police.
On the 26/09/2019, the suspect identified as Kaweesi Joseph, a 38year old, resident of Lukango village was arrested. He was examined and found to be HIV positive and on ARV drugs. The public is reminded that Aggravated Defilement is a crime of Capital nature and can carry a sentence of up to life imprisonment, if found guilty.
We would like to urge all parents, guardians and caregivers that known persons including friends and relatives are the number one perpetrators of criminal sexual abuse against children. They are therefore advised to closely, watch out for early signs of child sexual abuse and to always come forward early enough and report to the police. For instance, the victim could have been put on PEP treatment and saved from the deadly disease during the first 72 hours. She is currently undergoing counselling sessions by a team of specialists and has also been put on treatment.
CP Enanga Fred
7th October 2019