Kabarole Man Jailed for 25 Years for Rape of a Six-Year-Old Girl

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Fort Portal High Court judge calls the high incidence of aggravated child defilement in Uganda "disgusting". He sentences a 25-year-old man to 25 years in prison for raping a six-year-old girl.

A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for aggravated defilement of a six-year-old girl.
Fort Portal High Court judge, Dan Akiiki Kiiza, yesterday found Nerisensio Katalinyeba of Kasenda sub-county in Kabarole guilty of the crime.
According to the prosecution, on February 12th 2009 Katalinyeba abducted the child as she walked back home from school. He held her in his house for a few hours, silencing her with a cloth gag. He repeatedly raped the child and then gave her 1,000 shillings and sent her on the way.
Racked with pain, the young girl reported the matter to her parents who in turn informed the police and the local authorities.
It was initially feared that Katalinyeba was HIV-positive. However this was ruled out by a police medical examination.
The accused pleaded guilty to the charges.
In his ruling, Justice Kiiza said he was disgusted by the rampant child defilement cases in Uganda. He said the perpetrators did not deserve any lenience and hoped that a 25-year sentence at Katoojo Government Prison would act as a deterrence against repeat crimes.
It was the second sentence of its kind handed down by Justice Kiiza since the Fort Portal High Court begun its current criminal session.

Aggravated defilement is a major problem in Uganda.  According to a 2008 World Bank-funded report, 43,000 girls in Primary Five and Primary Seven had been sexually abused. Most of the abuse of the girls aged between 10 and 14 years occurred at the hands of family members, teachers and guardians.
The number of defilement suspects on remand is among the highest in Ugandan prisons. Despite this, the justice system does not seem to be cracking down on the recurrence of the crime around the country.