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SPC Remanded for Killing Student in Bukedea

Last week SPC Simon Okurut is alleged to have shot and killed Patrick Otimong, a resident of Ajesa village, Akero parish in Bukedea Sub County. Otimong has been a Senior Two student at Sironko Parents Secondary School.

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Special Police Cconstable Simon Okurut, an officer attached to Bukedea Central Police Station who shot and killed a 17-year-old boy has today been remanded to Kumi Prisons for two weeks.

Last week SPC Okurut shot Patrick Otimong, a resident of Ajesa village, Akero parish in Bukedea Sub County. Otimong has been a Senior Two student at Sironko Parents Secondary School.  

East Kyoga Regional Police spokesperson David Ongom Mudong says SPC Okurut has been remanded to Kumi prisons for two weeks by Grade one Magistrate, saying  this is due to murder being a capital offense which is beyond the Grade one Magistrate Court.  

“The court could not hear this case due to lack of jurisdiction, “says Mudong.

Meanwhile, Mudong says the bullet cartridges that were recovered at the scene have further been submitted by the scene of crime officer to ballistic experts for analysis.

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The circumstances surrounding his death involved the police officers who were on routine implementation of the curfew but met resistance from the errant members of the public prompting the SPC Okurut to discharge live bullets that claimed the life of the victim.

According to Police, in the night of 24th last month it is alleged that the area LC-1 identified as Simon Okolong unlawfully gave permission to the people to drink and dance overnight. The deceased was among the revelers, whose actions totally contravened the Ministry of Health guidelines regarding the fight against COVID-19 Pandemic since Bar businesses have not yet been re-opened.

Police have condemned Okurut's act as unprofessional conduct by an officer to use use live ammunition against unarmed civilians.

At least two teenagers have so far been shot dead by Bukedea police personnel in less than three month. Early in January, a police officer attached to Kachumbala police post shot a 19-year-old senior six student as he was revising his books at Kongunga Secondary School.