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Tom Arac Committed To High court Over Defilement


Lira chief magistrate Alex Karocho Masabe on Friday committed to high court Tom Arac, the former Kamdini LC3 chairperson who is currently currently facing defilement  charges .

On Monday, Arac was remanded by Oyam grade one magistrate Morris Ezera Oburu. Court heard that Arac on the night of July 6, 2017, entered in the hut where the 16-year-old victim, a primary six pupil of Atapara Primary School was sleeping and defiled her.
The girl reportedly raised an alarm forcing Arac to flee leaving behind his trousers, shoes, mobile phone, shirt and some documents including his national identity card.

It was through these exhibits that police used to trail him. He was arrested the following day from his home and detained at Oyam central police station.
Following the incident, a medical examination was done on the girl at Anyeke Health Centre IV, also in Oyam district. The results showed that the girl is 3 months pregnant.
Arac was then remanded until July 31, 2017.

On Thursday, through his lawyer Isaac Okae, Arac applied for bail but the hearing was postponed to Friday.

On Friday however chief magistrate Alex Karocho Masabe committed Arac to high court noting that the case was too big and can only be handled by high court.

Joseph Olet Magezi, the clan head of Ochola Yam Yam which the victim comes from, alleges that Arac has been defiling the victim for the past 3 years.
He wants court to give Arac maximum sentence over the offenses to bar other people from committing the crime.

Arac is however not new to controversies. The former LC3 chairman who served in Aber Sub county for two terms before moving to Kamdini has been in and out of police for several different cases. They include theft and defilement.

By JK Olot

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