Court heard that the accused was caught red-handed having sexual intercourse with the minor on her mother’s bed by the victim’s elder brother. The accused who is the victim’s cousin, is said to be HIV Positive.
Grace Pande, the OC CID Gulu said the suspect jumped over the fence of the police station at a time when the cells were opened for the suspects to go and ease themselves. The OC says the police officer who was on duty is being investigated.
"Even though there is hope that Abeine can reform after serving this jail sentence, aggravated defilement is now rampant in Uganda, so I sentence him to 20 years because we must protect girls," Justice Kwesiga said.
After conviction, Kisomeso asked the court for a pardon and instead of a custodial sentence, give him a suspended sentence, and castrate him to tame his sexual urge, so that he can look after his eight-months-old baby.
Abraham Tukundane, the Luweero District Police Commander defended the prolonged detention of the suspect without trial, saying they needed time to gather sufficient evidence since is charged with a capital offense.
According to the cause list issued by Justice Wilson J. Kwesiga the head of Criminal Division, Justice Mugenyi will handle forty cases in the next forty days at Luweero high court. The cause list includes 16 aggravated defilement cases and 15 murder cases. Other cases include four rape cases, three aggravated robbery cases, one kidnap and one indecent assault case.
The Prosecution led by Beatrice Alok Odongo, the Luweero Resident State Attorney told the court that during August 2016, Minani unlawfully performed sexual acts with his daughter, then aged 12, despite being her biological father.
According to the Police crime report for both Christmas and New Year holidays, out of seven murders, four people were killed in mob justice after they were suspected of stealing cattle and motorcycles.
In the complaint, the 16-year-old girl accuses Ssebalamu of repeatedly defiling her. Andrew Lubega, the Programmes Officer at CODI says that the victim alleges that Ssebalamu has been picking her from town to his private home in Kitante zone where he repeatedly defiled her over the last three months.
Delivering her sentence, Justice Jane Francis Abodo said, the law provides a death sentence for someone found guilty of aggravated defilement but she opted to sentence him to 37-years since he didnt infect his victim with HIV.
The suspect, Ivan Ssewankambo, a resident of Mpererwe Kikuubo zone in Kawempe Division said this during a confession before a special court session set aside to fast track the disposal of Sexual and Gender Based Violence SGBV cases in the High Court, in Kampala.
Paul Kangave the Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson says that Kalule has been on police bond but due to public fears that he may jeopardize investigations, they have decided to cancel it and detain him.
A sub county official in Ntungamo district has been arrested over allegations of defiling his 10-year-old daughter. Ntungamo Grade One Magistrate Nasur Magomu remanded Theodore Asiimwe, the Rubaare sub county speaker, to Ntungamo central prison till April 18 when he will reappear in court for mention of his case awaiting committal to high court.