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Young Lady Sentenced to 8 Years for Defiling Victim 4 Years her Junior

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.
Lira High Court has sentenced a 24-year-old girl to 8 years in prison for aggravated defilement.

Sharon Aryebo, a resident of Kamdini Township in Oyam district was on Wednesday convicted and sentenced on her own plea of guilty by Justice Duncan Gaswaga, the Lira Resident Judge for defiling Sula Ayo, a 17-year-old resident of the same area. The convict was 21 years by the time of committing the offense.

Prosecution states that on 3 years ago at Kamdini Township in Oyam District, Aryebo convinced Ayo who was returning home with his brother to go to her house from where she forced Ayo to have unprotected sex with her.

However, Ayo’s brother went straight and reported the incident to their mother who instead called police to have the woman arrested. Upon medical tests and interrogation, Aryebo informed police that she was in a relationship with Ayo and that she she was not aware of her HIV status.

But Peter Opio Amalo, the State prosecutor argued that Ayo intentionally placed the life of the boy at risk by having unprotected sex even though she would have protected him.

Amalo argued: “The victim in this case is a young boy who was a student but his life was put at a very serious risk by subjecting him to unprotected sex. The convict my Lord, is found to be HIV positive meaning that the offense is serious and it attracts death has a maximum sentence. My Lord, young boys need protection from such convicts so she has to be well punished.”

However, Herbert Walusimbi, the defense lawyer told court to consider the age gap between the convict and the victim by the time of the crime saying Aryebo did not know that the boy was only 17 years.

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 the circumstances, I find the sentence of 8 years in prison is sufficient and accordingly, I sentence the convict to 8 years in prison, the period spent on remand that is 1 year and 6 months should be considered as part of the sentence and you are also free to appeal against my sentence,” he ruled.

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