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.
A 30 year-
old- man has been convicted for aggravated defilement of his daughter-in-law.
defiled his 20-year-old daughter-in-law despite her being pregnant.
to the prosecution, in May 2015, the victim who was 15 years old then was
cohabiting with Okwir’s sons.
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.
The prosecution also adds that when Okwir was arrested, he was subjected to medical
examination and it was discovered that he was HIV positive.
While appearing before the Lira Resident Justice Duncan Gaswaga on Tuesday,
Okwir pleaded guilty to the crime. He asked
the court to pardon him saying he has to take care of his children and two brothers
because they are total orphans.
“My lord, I
implore you to have mercy on me because I have learned my lesson and I will
never commit such an offense again. My prayer is that this court is merciful to
me and gives me a lighter sentence so that I can go back home soon enough to
look after my children and two brothers because our parents died during the LRA
wars and I am the eldest son.”
But Jonathan Okello, the state prosecutor asked the court to give a deterrent
sentence to the convict.
“My Lord the
convict defiled the girl yet he was well aware that he is HIV positive and he
never used any form of protection. My Lord such a person has a bad heart for
children and this offense attracts a maximum of death sentence, therefore he
should be well punished.”
However, Herbert Walusimbi, the victim’s lawyer asked the court to be lenient
when sentencing the convict. He said that the Okwir was not aware of his HIV
status at the time he committed the crime.
“I advise the court to have a broader perspective and consider all the
circumstances under which the offense was committed. Also, the convict my lord,
was unaware of his HIV status by the time he was sexually involved with the
victim. But despite that being the state of affairs, we pray for 8 years
sentence and the 2 years spent on remand should also be considered.”
Justice Gaswaga remanded Okwir until Thursday when he will be sentenced.