The court file of a house maid who was recently captured on CCTV meting violence against a one-and half-year-old baby in Naalya, Wakiso district has been transferred to Buganda Road Chief Magistrates court.
State attorney Miriam Njoki on Wednesday morning informed City Hall Court presided over by grade one Magistrate Moses Nabende that Jolly Tumuhiirwe’s file had been transferred to Bugunda road Court where hearing of the case is to commence. She did not give reasons as to why the file was transferred.
Accordingly, the magistrate adjourned the hearing to Tuesday next week at Buganda Road Court.
Shortly after court sitting, Tumuhiirwe’s lawyer, Mr Ladislaus Rwakafuzi told Daily Monitor that under section 4 of the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act 2012, it is only a higher court (Chief magistrate) that has powers to hear the case and not a lower court (Grade one Magistrate).
On Monday this week, the 22-year-old house help pleaded guilty to the charges of torture at City Hall Court before asking for forgiveness from court, the parents of baby Arnella Kamanzi (her victim), the nation and all the people who were affected by her actions.
However, Mr Rwakafuzi says Tumuhiirwe’s appearance before City Hall Court was illegal and consequently, the plea she took is also null and void.
This therefore means that Tumuhiirwe will have to take another plea before Buganda Road Court.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor