By Simon Abaho
The territorial Police in Mukono are holding Asumani Owere 30, a boda boda rider, who is a resident of Kitega Village, Kawolo Sub County in Buikwe District over allegations of terrorising several women’s private parts by shamelessly raping many of them on various occasions.
He has been allegedly targeting his unsuspecting female passengers and raping them from isolated areas after threatening to stab them with a knife if they don’t submit to his sexual demands.
ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, the Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson said; “Owere is also alleged to have robbed his victims of their belongings after raping them.”
He added that; “Seven rape victims have reported cases at police where two of the victims have positively identified Owere as their attacker.”
The arrest of the suspect followed community initiatives to identify the criminal. The community members arrested Owere as he was attempting to rape a female victim in a bush at Nakapinyi Village in Nama Sub-County, in Mukono District.
They later handed him over to the police that conducted investigations and were able to track his movements using the CCTV camera system.
Owoyesigire noted that the victims and suspects have recorded statements that will be used in Owere’s prosecution.
He added that in a related matter, it has been noted that there is an increasing number of women who have either been raped or attempted to be raped and robbed in the area by a group of people who pretend to be boda boda riders. Last week, one suspect was also arraigned in court on the same charges.
He revealed that the police reminds passengers to remain vigilant and only use motorcycles they find at gazetted stages to avoid being targeted by criminals.
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