Abim Father Gets 18 Months in Jail for Maiming Daughter

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The Kaberamaido Grade one Magistrate, Everest Faith Padoli handed Okiria 18th months in jail on Monday on his own guilty plea.

A court in Kaberamaido district has sentenced a father to prison for 18 months after finding him guilty of maiming his seven-year-old daughter.
 

The convict is 26-year-old Simon Okiria, a resident of Abim district. The Kaberamaido Grade one Magistrate, Everest Faith Padoli handed Okiria 18th months in jail on Monday on his own guilty plea.
 

Okiria was charged with causing grievous harm to his daughter contrary to section 219 of the Penal Code Act. He was tortured his daughter for allegedly eating mushroom sauce that was meant for the consumption of the entire family.
 
 
 
A medical report issued by Lwala hospital in Kaberamaido district shows that the fingers are disfigured.  The hospital referred the minor to Soroti Regional Referral Hospital for further management where she was eventually transferred to Mulago National Referral hospital.



Dennis Kawuma, a Communications Specialist with Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) prayed that such injustice should not keep reoccurring in communities during their monitoring exercise on gender based violence related cases in Kaberamaido district.



"I just wonder of the charge and punishment preferred against the suspect who had caused such a disfigurement on another human being." Kawuma said. According to investigations by our reporter, court probably failed to give the accused an appropriate punishment to Okiria due to lack of some facts in his file.

 
Reliable sources indicate that Okiria committed the offence in Abim district in Karamoja sub county region on August 10th 2018 and chose to run away to join some of his relatives in Kaberamaido upon hearing information that police were looking for him.
 
 

The case was then registered at Otuboi police post in Kaberamado district on August 11th 2018. Okiria was produced in court before the medical report of the girl was released, which have played in his favor.

 
Janet Amuge, the Officer In- charge of Child and Family Protection Unit in Kaberamaido Central Police Station admitted that they had surely written a different charge.

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