By Innocent Atuganyire
Police in Masindi district are holding 36-year-old Bagajire Eric, a resident of Kirasa cell in Masindi Municipality, for fabricating his daughter’s defilement and providing false information to the police.
On June 10th 2023, Bagajire reported a case of defilement at Masindi Central Police Station. In the statement, Bagajire claimed that his 13-year-old daughter, a primary four pupil at Masindi Army Primary School had been grabbed and defiled by Vincent Katwesige, 23 an inmate from Masindi Prison.
He also alleged that Katwesige, who was on remand for defilement charges had taken his daughter to an unfinished building near the prison and sexually assaulted her.
However, suspicions arose when medical examinations conducted by the police and Masindi General Hospital yielded negative results, indicating no signs of penetration or defilement.
Further investigations and interrogations revealed that Bagajire had coerced his daughter into falsely claiming that she had been defiled by Katwesige.
Realizing that the police had uncovered the truth, Bagajire went into hiding but was later apprehended from his hideout in Masindi town, according to Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson.
Hakiza says that the suspect is in custody at Masindi Central Police Station.
According to Hakiza, during interrogations, Bagajire admitted to providing false information to the police and requested forgiveness.
He says that Bagajire disclosed that he had collected blood from slaughtered animals at a nearby abattoir and applied it to his daughter’s private parts to create the illusion of defilement.
According to Hakiza, Bagajire will face charges of giving false information to the police once investigations are complete.