Police in Kibaale have arrested a 27-year-old man for raping a woman who had come to buy soap from his shop. Police believe the increase in rape cases in the district is due to drug abuse that has become rampant. The victim was a breastfeeding mother.
Police in Kibaale have arrested a 27-year-old man for raping a woman who had come to buy soap from his shop.
Kakumiro Police station in-charge Charles Okello has identified the suspect as Abdul Twijukye.
Twijukye is a businessman who runs a retail shop in Mwitanzigye trading centre, Kisita Sub County, Kibaale district.
He committed the offence on Tuesday evening at around 8:39pm when he raped Agnes Tusemerirewe.
Tusemerirewe had gone to buy a bar of soap from Twijukye's shop when Twijukye barred her exit by locking her in the shop. He then raped her.
Help only came when Tusemerirewe managed to make an alarm.
Police had to fire live bullets in the air to disperse the crowd that wanted to lynch Twijukye for raping the mother of a three weeks old baby.
Okello says that the police suspect Twijukye could have been abusing drugs at the time of the attack.
Tusemerirewe is the eighth rape victim in Kibaale in 2013.
In July, an expectant mother was waylaid and raped by a gang of 10 men in Igayaza Trading Centre, Birembo Sub county in Kibaale district. The men are known drug addicts in the area around Primise Pub in Igayaza.