Man gets 14 years in prison for aggravated defilement

A man in Jinja has been sentenced to 14 year in prison by the Jinja High Court after he was convicted of aggravated defilement.
Philip Owere alias Wesonga was sent to prison by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire of the High Court in Jinja after he was found guilty of defiling a seven year old girl.
Court heard that on the night of August 12, 2011, Owere sneaked into the house of the victim, got hold of her and using his own shirt gagged her mouth, issued death threats before he forcibly performed a sexual act on her. On the fateful day, the girl was left alone at home at night when her mother was attending a funeral and her teenage sister was out of the house.

After the offence, Owere ran out of the house but the victim cried and alarmed for help which attracted one of the neighbours Steven Ojul. The victim narrated her ordeal to Ojul who in turn informed the girl’s mother Christine Enyaru when she returned from the funeral.
Subsequently, the matter was reported to police and the victim was examined on police form PF3A. Her hymen was found ruptured.
While reading the judgement, Ms Bamugemereire said the accused is a first time offender, did not waste court’s time and had saved national resources by pleading guilty to the offence.

“He has been on remand three years and three months. He is a young man with a constructive mind and has a potential to contribute to GDP. This Court had the opportunity to take down the evidence of the victim, a very brave little girl now aged 10. She narrated the ordeal the accused took her through on the night he violently defiled her. There is no doubt that the victim was traumatized by the invasion and the brutal violation of her infant body. This trauma was even more obvious on the mother suffered a hypertensive attack while testifying and would collapse on sight of the accused,” she said.
Defending her judgement, Ms Bamugemereire said Uganda is considered one of the most unsafe places in the world for girl children and women because of the brutal acts of persons such as the convict.
“Once again I urge the state to build a system of registering sex offenders who can then be monitored in neighbourhoods. This Court will do whatever it can to make this country safer for children such as these,” she added.

jbwire@ug.nationmedia.co.ug

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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