YUMBE. A police officer attached to Yumbe central Police station has been committed to Arua high court over defilement.

Prosecution stated that the Police constable, names withheld, 32, who is attached to Yumbe Police Health centre II unlawfully defiled a girl below the age of 18 on September, 30 at the health facility.

The minor had come the facility to seek for medical care when she was defiled. The officer was charged with aggravated defilement.

Appearing before the grade one magistrate, Mr Hillary Kiwanuka at Yumbe magistrate court on Wednesday for the mention of the case, the magistrate said the court has no jurisdiction to handle the case.

"This court cannot handle such cases that are of capital in nature but it can only be tried in high court. You (suspect) will be tried in high court and you are free to apply for bail at that level", he said.

According to the senior resident state attorney Mr Jerome Angena, investigation into the case is still going on.

"We haven't yet finished the investigation into this case so I pray that the court gives us ample time to finalize the investigation about the matter", he said.

The suspect has been remanded till November, 18, when he will reappear in Arua high court for plea taking.

Mr Bernard Moro, the father of the victim expressed happiness over the appearance of the suspect in court.

"I am happy that the suspect has finally been produced in court because there has been too much interference from the police. The relatives and the police conducted me to settle the matter out of court but I rejected it", he said.

He said they pledged to pay him 4 cows and Shs 2million adding that those who had been disturbing him are now quiete.

In another development, Mr Rashid Kawawa, 45, a resident of Bachu village in Odravu sub county has been remanded by the same court for defiling a 17year old girl.

It is alleged that the suspect defiled his niece on October,7 and was remanded till November, 18 when he will reappear in Arua high court for plea taking.