The Territorial Police in Kamengo, has in custody a 38 year old male suspect on charges of aggravated defilement, from an incident that occurred in 2017.
According to police, the suspect identified as Joseph Kaweesi defiled his 7 year old niece and infected her with HIV/AIDS while at Lukango village, Kamengo Sub County, Mpigi District.
Police said that that Kaweesi was arrested in an 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 maternal uncle, defiled her on three separate occasions, from his gardens at Lukango village,” said police.
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 2018, who were equally threatened by the suspect, till September 2019, when the intelligence was picked by the police.
It is said that on the 26/09/2019, the suspect Joseph Kaweesi, a 38 year old, resident of Lukango village was arrested. He was examined and found to be HIV positive and on ARV drugs.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga reminded the public 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,” he said.
He therefore advised them 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, in this case the victim could have been put on PEP treatment and saved from the deadly disease during the first 72 hours.”
Enanga said that the victim is currently undergoing counselling sessions by a team of specialists and has also been put on treatment.