Hoima Teenager Jailed for Manslaughter

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The chief Magistrates court in Hoima has sentenced an 18-year-old woman to jail for murder. Florence Tumwesige a resident of Nyakasenene village Kabaale Parish in Buseruka Sub county Hoima district is accused of murdering her 5 month old son. Prosecution told court that on August 7th, Tumwesige attacked her son in bed and strangled him. Tumwesige confided in her sister about the crime he had committed and the matter was quickly forwarded to police, leading to her arrest. Appearing before Chief Magistrate, Godfrey Opifeni, and the accused pleaded guilty to murder but said that it was not intentional. Tumwesige explained that she committed the crime out of frustration triggered off by her parents who were strongly opposed to her choice of husband. She added that her husband was forced to abandon her because he could no longer stand her in-laws. In his ruling Magistrate Opifeni amended the charges to man slaughter. He explained that he had forgiven the young woman because of her young age. In a related development, a 30 year old Congolese National has been remanded to Hoima government prison for aggravated defilement. Prosecution before Grade one Magistrates court stated that Mateso Olobo, a fisherman at Nyawaiga landing site in Nkondo Parish Kabwoya Sub county Hoima district had canal Knowledge with a five-Year-old girl. Court heard that the accused committed the crime on November 13 while at the girl's Home in Nyawaiga. Court heard that Olobo was caught red handed by the girl's parents and handed over to Kabwoya police post. In a statement at Kabwoya Police post, the victim pinned Mateso into always sexually assaulting her.


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