Pastor arrested for tying 5-year-old to pole
Posted Friday, January 18 2013 at 02:22
The Pentecostal church minister allegedly accused the infant of stealing bulbs from his church.
Tororo. Police in Tororo are holding a pastor for allegedly torturing a five-year-old girl.The 35-year-old pastor of a Pentecostal church in Kasoli, a suburb of Tororo Municipality, was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly tied the minor to an electricity pole.
The pastor reportedly accused the girl and her friends of stealing electricity bulbs that had been installed in the church.
The officer-in-charge of child and family protection unit at Tororo Central Police, Ms Jane Nakizza, told journalists that the pastor was arrested after the police were tipped by a passersby, who heard the girl yelling.
Ms Nakizza said the suspect was held for child abuse and that police would investigate the reasons why he tied the infant to an electric pole.
“Although the suspect has been remorseful, apologetic and regretted the act, saying it was bad for a man of God, he will face charges of child abuse,” said Ms Nakizza.
The officer appealed to parents to be conscious of the people, they entrust to stay with their children.
She said child abuse was on the increase in Tororo.
Ms Nakizza said according to last year’s crime report, there were 113 cases of child abuse registered in Tororo.