By Andrew Cohen Amvesi
Arua High Court has started hearing the bail application filed by IP Thomas Otim, the West Nile region Police Professional Standards Unit (PSU) boss.
This is after Otim was committed to High Court to answer charges of aggravated defilement.
It is alleged that Otim defiled a 21 months old baby in his house at Arua police barracks on October 9, 2023.
His file was at first closed by Patrick Omia, the Resident Chief State Attorney (RCSA) of Arua due to insufficient evidence.
But the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) later reinstated the case and sustained the charge of Aggravated Defilement against the suspect besides taking action against Omia.
Otim was accordingly rearrested and produced to the Grade One Magistrate’s court which later committed him to the High Court.
When produced before Justice Collins Acellam, the Arua High Court Judge on Tuesday, Otim, through his Lawyer, Ronald Onenchan Ojinda, applied for bail citing ill health.
However, the hearing of the bail application couldn’t proceed after Onenchan’s submission because prosecution didn’t prepare for the hearing.
Simon Angumale, the State Prosecutor noted that the file was allocated to him at around 2:00pm on the fateful day with instruction that court was only going to pick the particulars of the sureties.
He requested for some time to prepare to file their defence before the Honourable Court.
It was on this ground that Justice Acellam gave the State Prosecutor up to Thursday to file their defence and report back to court for the hearing of the bail application on Monday (December 11, 2023).
Otim presented before court four sureties for his bail application and they include; Denis Odoch, the Deputy Regional Police Commander (RPC) of Busoga North, Maj. Dorothy Otapi, his cousin, Benard Owiny, his paternal Uncle and Jacquiline Angom, his elder sister.