The clerk said Lubowa was concerned that many people would turn up and congest the court premises increasing chances of spreading the disease.
Arua Magisterial Area.
The Arua Chief Magistrate’s court has adjourned the case in
which Monsignor Kasto Adeti, the Vicar General of Arua Catholic
Diocese was accused of assaulting and causing grievous bodily harm to Rev. Fr.
The case which was earlier scheduled for hearing on Monday, June 15
was adjourned to July 17, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Joyce Lekuru, the clerk to the
Chief Magistrate Daniel Lubowa, on Monday, said she was
instructed to adjourn the case for a month due to the coronavirus disease lockdown.
The clerk said that the magistrate was concerned that many people would turn up
and congest the court premises increasing chances of spreading the disease.
But Fr Ejoyi has protested the decision of the Magistrate. “If
coronavirus is the real reason of not hearing this case at the fixed date, then
we are not sure as to when the hearing will kick off because they may continue
to adjourn the case to the advantage of the suspect Monsignor Kasto Adeti,” Fr.
On April 29, 2020, Fr. Ejoyi was allegedly attacked
by Monsignor Kasto Adeti the Vicar General of Arua Diocese and also Parish
priest of Ediofe Cathedral Parish. It is alleged that Adeti used a stick to
beat Fr. Ejoyi several times on his right arm causing a compound fracture.
In a statement, Monsignor Adeti at first admitted having
assaulted Fr. Ejoyi, saying he acted out of emotion
after Fr. Ejoyi insulted him and Bishop Sabino Odoki of Arua Diocese.
But while appearing in court on May 13, 2020, he pleaded not
guilty to the offence and was granted a non-cash bail of 20 million shillings.