A 21-year-old man was on Thursday night beaten into coma during a fight in a bar at Ngangi Cell in Kibaale Town Council, Kibaale District.
The District Police Commander (DPC), ASP David Otabong, identified the victim as Jackson Kusiima, a resident of the same area.
Mr Otabong told our stringer that Kusiima was beaten up after developing a misunderstanding with other men who were also consuming alcohol in the same bar.
He said the victim sustained head injuries before he escaped and fled to his father, Mr Joshua Mwebaze’s home in Ngangi where he finally slipped into coma.
The police officer said that investigations into the matter have commenced as police continue hunting for the fugitive suspects that the victim identified.
Mr Otabong added that the police are also investigating the incident in which Kusiima and others were consuming alcohol in a group in breach of the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health to slow the spread of Covid-19.
Speaking to Kazi-njema News Mr Mwebaze said that the incident took place at around 11pm when he heard his son call for help outside.
Although the DPC said that Kusiima was expected to be transferred to Kibaale Health Centre 4 from a local clinic, the victims’ father said that his son was receiving treatment at home adding that by publication of this story, he was responding to treatment and thus, out of danger.
“He called us from outside and as parents we got up only to see him bleed profusely. We rushed to a health worker who came and dressed him from home. But he could not stitch him promising to do it the following morning. He was injured in the face but sustained most injuries in the head,” Mr Mwebaze said.
Mr Leonard Kayongo, the village chairperson condemns the escalating criminality in the area calling for police intervention.
“I condemn the act and advice both the youth and older persons to retire back home early so that we observe the curfew in place, guarding against Covid-19 and other illegal acts. I inform the RDC and the DPC that Ngangi has become notorious in increasing criminality.”