Police in Napak district were on Saturday forced to use pepper spray to arrest a Sub County councillor for allegedly torturing his 10-year -old daughter into comma. Dominic Lori, a youth councillor at Iriir Sub County, was arrested after he allegedly tortured his daughter Sylivia Lomokori by hanging her upside down on a mango tree.
The incident happened at Iriir trading centre, some 89 kilometres South West of Moroto town, along Moroto-Soroti road.
Dominic Lori, who represents Iriir Parish as a youth councillor to the Sub County, was arrested after he allegedly tortured Sylivia Lomokori by hanging her upside down on a mango tree. The juvenile is currently admitted at Iriir Health Centre III undergoing treatment. She reportedly went left home without permission to visit an aunt, something that angered her father.
When contacted, Francis Tumwesigye, the Napak District Police Commander, said it was in order for police to use reasonable force to arrest the suspect. He explains that after being tipped by concerned residents, the police rushed to the scene and found Lori tormenting the child. He adds that when the police tried to arrest him he resisted and picked a machete, threatening to harm them. The only option, according to Tumwesigye, was to use pepper spray to arrest the suspect.
He adds that once investigations are complete the suspect will be produced in court to face charges of torture and child neglect.
Joseph Lomonyang, the Napak District Chairperson, says the act is abnormal calling local leaders to be role models. He calls on the parents to desist from awarding such killer punishments to children saying most children run away from homes over such harsh acts.
Lori is being held at Napak Central Police station pending transfer to Moroto as investigations into the matter continue. Ends