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Police hunt suspect for rape and murder of 10 year old girl

Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A casual labourer has raped a 10-year-girl in Nakawa division, a Kampala city suburb, and strangled her to death. The Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire identifies the suspect as Gerald Sematiko, a resident of Katogo zone in Kinawataka, Nakawa division in Kampala.

The Katogo zone defense secretary Yakuti Waiswa, says that the suspect who was working for the deceased’s grandmother raped the minor in the night and strangled her to death to cover his crime.

“He stuffed the body in a sack and dumped it in the nearby drainage channel hoping that rain would wash it away before fleeing,” Waiswa said. Detectives from Jinja road police who visited the scene recovered some exhibits including marijuana.

According to Owoyesigire, police searched Ssematiko’s room where they recovered a blood-stained mosquito net, blanket, two cups and half stick of marijuana.

Waiswa has asked police to hunt down the suspect and other criminals who have been selling him the banned substances.

Owoyesigire says efforts are underway to arrest the suspect to answer for murder. The deceased’s body is lying at Kampala Capital City Authority mortuary pending a post-mortem.

At least 1,500 children are abused or tortured annually, according to statistics from the Uganda Police Force. However, the convictions of the abusers of children in court are as low as 45 per 1,500 cases.

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