Monday July 17 2017

Police officer arrested over defilement


By Andrew Bagala

A police constable has been arrested after he was allegedly found defiling a 14-year-old daughter of a fellow officer in Hoima Police Barracks.
Mr Vincent Ssekate, the spokesman of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, confirmed the arrest of their officer.
"A defilement case under reference number 18/16/07/2017 has been opened against the officer number 62709 PC Samuel Kalikawe. He was caught in action. All evidence has been collected," Mr Ssekate said.

Ssekate added that Kalikawe was arrested by Police Professional Standards Unit officers and will be arraigned in court and charged as soon as investigations are complete.
Simple defilement (sex with a girl between 14 and 17 years of age) attracts a maximum sentence of life imprisonment while aggravated defilement (sex with a girl below 13 years of age) attracts a maximum sentence of death.
Cases of sexual assaults are rare is police barracks.
However, with the acute shortage of houses in police barracks, many families have been forced to share rooms.
Defilement cases in the country are high with police indicating that they register 10,000 cases annually.