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Teenager lynched at home of Swedish national in Kabale

Police in Kabale is investigating circumstances under which a 15-year-old boy was lynched inside the home of Emma Cox, a Swedish national, a resident along Rugarama road in Kabale Municipality.

The home hosts the Emma and Theresa Children's Project, which takes care of orphans and street children.

Police at the scene of crime

According to police, the deceased, identified as Alvin Agaba, a resident of Ruhita cell in Kabale Municipality was lynched by a group of boda boda cyclists on Sunday evening.

They reportedly accused him of waylaying Cox on Friday night. According to them, Cox was cut on the arm with a machete while returning home from a nightclub. 

Elly Maate, the police spokesperson for Kigezi Region says that a group of boda boda riders brought Agaba to Cox's home and were willingly let in by Johnson Twinamatsiko, a private security guard attached to Ukombozi Security Company and Boaz Naturinda, 29, the patron of the home.

Maate says that Agaba was then beaten to death. Maate also says that after the incident, Naturinda and Twinamatsiko did not alert anybody until around 9am on Monday when Cox woke up and found the body in the compound and alerted police.

Maate also says that Naturinda and Twinamatsiko have been arrested and are held at Kabale police station for aiding the incident.

"Boda boda cyclists arrested and took him to Emma and Thereza Children's Project around Rugarama road. The askari opened for them, they badly assaulted him and left him for dead and of course he died instantly. The askari and the patron who were inside there kept quiet. It is very unfortunate because if this boy had anything that he'd done or anything he had committed, they should have arrested him and handed him over to police but not taking the law into own hands."

Cox declined to comment on the matter. The body of the deceased is still at Kabale regional referral hospital mortuary for postmortem. The case is registered at Kabale central police station under file number CRB 357/2018.

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