The house help who was recently captured on CCTV meting violence against a one-and half-year-old baby in Naalya, Wakiso district has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Jolly Tumuhiirwe was on Monday morning handed a four year jail term in Luzira prison by Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate Lillian Bucyana.
While reading the sentence which took about four minutes, the Chief magistrate said she had analysed submissions by both the defence and the prosecution.
“I have also taken note of the requests by both the complainant (parents of the baby) and the convict (Ms Tumuhiirwe). The convict pleaded guilty and apologized to the parents. She also appeared remorseful. However, I did not consider the reason she gave for assaulting the child,” said the magistrate.
On Friday last week, after pleading guilty to the charges of assault whose maximum sentence is five years in jail, Ms Tumuhiirwe in a shaky voice told court that her bosses, especially the baby’s mother Angella Mbabazi had on several occasions assaulted her and therefore, she transferred the anger to the innocent baby in retaliation.
However, the magistrate noted that Ms Tumuhiirwe’s reasons for assaulting the innocent baby were unjustifiable.
“No amount of mistreatment of an adult to another should justify the kind of brutality exhibited by the convict upon a young, innocenmt, helpless, defenceless child. It is for this reason that I find the aggravating circumstances much stronger than the mitigating facts. Therefore, the convict is hereby given a four year jail term in Luzira Prison,” said the Chief Magistrate.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor