Hon. Justice Gaswaga noted the remorsefulness of the convicts and their promise to become better people. However, he sentenced the man and the woman to 14 and 8 years respectively, as theirs are serious offenses that were committed on children.
Peter Opio Amalo, the State prosecutor asked court to punish the convict for selling her boss to assailants who murdered her in her own house, adding that the deceased’s family business of over 100m has since collapsed after her death.
In his ruling on Wednesday, Justice Gaswaga told court that the convict has a chance to live a responsible life ahead. However, the offense committed is a serious one and ignorance of the law at the time of the offense is immaterial.
In February 2020, Okwir lured the victim into his house when she requested 1,000 shillings to buy charcoal. While in the house, Okwir defiled the girl and threatened to kill her if she reported the matter.
Brian Kalinaki, the Assistant DPP asked court to give the convict a deterrent sentence to act as a lesson to the general public who would want to commit a similar offense, adding that court should not consider his plea of having responsibilities at home because he is not responsible.
According to court records, trouble for Owino started on June 2018 when he appeared in a video that went viral on social media pouring water on the naked of an expectant woman in Bar-Opuu Ward, Adekokwok sub-county in the then Lira Municipality.