Bugesera: Sheikh Nshimiyimana arrested over allegedly sodomizing house boy

On 19 April 2021 at 07:27

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has arrested Sheikh Damascène Nshimiyimana alias ‘Sheikh Omar Joseph’ over allegedly defiling a 16-year old house boy.

The man aged 50 was arrested on 14th April 2021.

IGIHE has learnt that Sheikh Nshimiyimana lured the boy with gifts to sodomize him at different times.

RIB spokesperson, Dr. Murangira B. Thierry has confirmed to IGIHE that Sheikh Nshimiyimana has been arrested as investigation is underway.

“The arrested man is detained at Nyamata RIB station as investigation is underway to make files that will be transferred to the Prosecution. The boy he is suspected to have defiled was taken to Nyamata Hospital for medical checkup and gather evidences that will be used during court proceedings,” he said.

Dr. Murangira said that such acts won’t be tolerated and reminded the public to provide information to prevent the crime.

“RIB would like to remind Rwandan residents that they should not cover defilement suspects. Whoever commits the crime should face justice. It should be a collective responsibility of every Rwandan to completely prevent the crime,” he noted.

IGIHE has also learnt that Sheikh Nshimiyimana was an Imam of Ngoma mosque in Huye district 2014 before becoming an Imam of a mosque in Bugesera district since 2019.

Upon conviction, article 133 of Rwanda’s penal code stipulates that a person who commits child defilement is liable to imprisonment for a period of not less than 20 years and not more than 25 years, if the victim is 14 years or older.

If child defilement is committed on a child under fourteen (14) years, the penalty is life imprisonment that cannot be mitigated by any circumstances.

Sheikh Damascène Nshimiyimana has been arrested over alleged defilement of a 16-year old house boy.