Four Jailed in Moroto for Defilement, Rape

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They include Gumeth Amokodo, sentenced to 5 years in Jail, Lokiru Ariket sentenced to 6 years, Peter Lokamara to serve a 7 year jail sentenced and Ogwang Ocan sentenced to 10 years. The four, convicted by Justice Henrietta Wolayo will serve their jail terms in Moroto Central Government Prison.

Four people have been convicted and sentenced to various prison terms over aggravated rape and defilement.

They include Gumeth Amokodo, sentenced to 5 years in Jail, Lokiru Ariket sentenced to 6 years, Peter Lokamara to serve a 7 year jail sentenced and Ogwang Ocan sentenced to 10 years.  The four, convicted by Justice Henrietta Wolayo will serve their jail terms in Moroto Central Government Prison.

Prosecution alleges that on February 6th, 2013 Amokodo while at Nakabat mining site in Moroto district unlawful had sex with one Anna Keem. The same court heard that the second convict, Peter Lokamara on the March 9th, 2013, while at Nakomol village also in Moroto district also illegitimately had carnal knowledge with a colleague’s wife.

Similarly, Ocan while at Kangorok camp in Kotido district also had sex with one Losike Betty against her will.  Lokiru Ariket was charged with aggravated defilement. Court heard that on June 24th, 2013 while at Napeilet village, Irriri Sub County-Napak district, Ariket performed a sexual act with a six-year old.

They all pleaded guilty to the offences.

Justice Henrietta convicted the accused saying they acted contrary to section 123 and 124 of the penal code act. “It says any person who sleeps with a woman without her consent or the consent is obtained by force or threat is liable to suffer death.”

The judge said the punishment will send a signal to the rest in the community planning to the same that the act is illegal.

 

About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.