Teenagers Kill Baby During Rape of Minor

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Two teenagers are in custody at the Moroto Central Police Station for defiling a 16 year- old girl and leading to the death of a one month old baby she had on her back.

Two teenagers are in custody at the Moroto Central Police Station for defiling a 16 year- old girl and leading to the death of a one month old baby she had on her back.  
The incident occurred at Lomuria village, Acerer Parish in Nadunget sub county, Moroto district, some 30 kilometres South East of Moroto town.
 
Police have confirmed the incident.
 
Police has identified the suspects as Abraham Lokoru (19) and his 17-year old companion (unnamed because he is still a minor).
 
Karamoja region police spokesperson Irene Aceng says the teenagers waylaid the 16-year-old girl as she made her way to Moroto town. Lokoru had reportedly been courting the girl without success.
 
With the help of his friend, Lokoru wrestled the girl to the ground and defiled her. In the process, a baby who was swaddled on the back of the victim was injured as the teenagers struggled with the girl.
 
After the incident, Lokoru and his friend carried the minor back to their village as a precursor to marriage negotiations.
 
The victim was in the company of a woman identified as Natalina Loyani. Loyani ran three kilometres back to the girl's village to inform them that their daughter had been kidnapped.
 
Loyani, who is the mother of the one month old baby, returned to find her child abandoned at the scene and unconscious. She was rushed to Nadunget health centre but succumbed to internal injuries.
 
Aceng says the teenagers will be produced in court once investigations are completed.
 
The death of the baby during rape is the first of its kind in the sub region. Although rape and defilement are crimes in the penal code, a culture of forceful courtship still thrives in Karamoja.
 

 

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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.