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Man Arrested For Brutally Assaulting 51-Year-Old Woman Over Theft

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Twalibu Avutia flogging Theresa

In a shocking display of violence captured on video, a 51-year-old man identified as Twalibu Avutia was arrested by authorities in Arua city for mercilessly flogging an elderly woman at the Manibe Trading Center along the Arua-Koboko road.

The victim, Teresa Angucia, 65, was subjected to relentless beatings by Avutia, who accused her of stealing his belongings left unattended at a bus stop. The disturbing incident, which unfolded in broad daylight, was recorded on a phone camera and quickly circulated on social media platforms, drawing widespread condemnation from viewers.

In the viral footage lasting 1 minute and 24 seconds, Avutia is seen viciously whipping Angucia while a group of onlookers, including youths, appear to goad him on. The elderly woman can be heard pleading for mercy and asserting her innocence as Avutia continues the assault, even stepping on her head at one point.

Josephine Angucia, the police spokesperson for the West Nile region, disclosed that the assault took place around 1:40 pm at a busy bus stop. Angucia stated that the victim reported the incident to the authorities, leading to Avutia’s arrest on charges of assault. He is currently in custody at the Manibe police station pending further legal proceedings.

Preliminary investigations by the police reveal a misunderstanding over a package left unattended at the bus stop. Avutia, who was waiting to travel to Maracha district, had entrusted his belongings to boda boda riders while he went home to fetch companions. In the meantime, Angucia, expecting a similar package from Nebbi district, mistakenly took Avutia’s bag, believing it to be hers.

Upon discovering the mix-up upon his return, Avutia confronted Angucia, leading to the violent altercation captured on video.

This incident adds to a concerning trend of lawlessness in Arua city, with reports of mob justice resulting in the lynching of over 10 suspected criminals in recent weeks. Authorities are urging for calm and adherence to the rule of law while promising swift action against perpetrators of violence.

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