Man Gets 13-years for Defiling, Infecting Daughter with HIV/AIDS

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A 13 year jail term handed to a 40-year-old man for defiling and infecting his own daughter with HIV/Aids has sparked fury in the community the offence was committed.

A 13 year jail term handed to a 40-year-old  man for defiling and infecting his own daughter with HIV/Aids has sparked fury in the community the offence was committed.
 
The development came shortly after a High Court Judge in Luweero Lady Justice Jane Kiggundu sentenced Friday, Frederick Sendawula to 13 years imprisonment for aggravated defilement.
 
Court heard that the convict committed the offense on the 5th March 2011 in his house at Semuyungu village in Makulubita subcounty in Luweero district.
 
Prosecution led by Richard Birivumbuka, further told court that the convict took advantage on the night when the victim's step mother had gone to keep vigil after the demise of a relative.
 
During the night, he took the girl into his room and defiled her and thereafter issued death threats, if she ever revealed what he had done to her.
 
However, on her return the step-mother became suspicious because she noted the girl had difficulty walking. On questioning her, the girl broke down and told her what had happened.
 
The mother tipped off Luweero police hence his arrest.
 
The medical report from Kasana Health Centre IV indicated that she had been penetrated and also infected with HIV.
 
He pleaded guilty to the charges. Delivering her ruling Justice Kiggundu said that she had considered the remand time the convict served. The judge added that he had not wasted the court's time and he pledged to look after his sick daughter.
 
Richard Birivumbuka, the prosecution leader, expressed dissatifaction with the sentence. He called for the maximum sentence of death based on the gravity of the offense.
 
He said that the traumatized victim had expressed the wish never to see her father again.
 
Kenny Senteza, a brother to the convict, said the sentence would mean the quick release of  Frederick Sendawula which would exacerbate problems in the family. He said that the family was already conflicted by his actions.
 
Ahmed Sempijja,the village chairperson of Semuyungu, expressed dismay at the sentence. He argued that the judge should have handed out a heavier sentence because the father had ruined his daughter's life and brought shame to their family and village.