Soroti High Court Convicts Ten Under Plea Bargaining Arrangement

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18-year-old Bernard Emuli pleaded guilty to having defiled a two and half- year- old toddler on March 10th 2015 in Alungara village in Serere district.

Justice Henrietta Wolayo, the Soroti High Court Judge disposed of ten capital cases on Tuesday in a matter of hours after the accused opted for plea bargaining. Some of the cases disposed of include rape, murder, defilement and manslaughter.  

 18-year-old Bernard Emuli pleaded guilty to having defiled a two and half- year- old toddler on March 10th 2015 in Alungara village in Serere district. Prosecution told court that Emuli defiled the toddler after her mother only identified as Asio left him in charge of the baby while going to fetch water from a nearby well.

 
On her return, the toddler's mother found the baby crying uncontrollably seemingly because of great pain. She examined the baby and discovered that the baby's vagina was ruptured prompting her to report to the area Local Council officials that led to the arrest of Emuli. 

In her ruling, Justice Henrietta Wolayo, convicted Emuli to 12-years in jail since he had pleaded guilty without wasting court's time and showed remorse for his action. Others convicted include Moses Erou and Robert Okello who got ten tear years for murder, Moses Edeku got eight years for manslaughter and Michael Osege and Michael Louku got 10 and 12 years each for aggravated defilement among others.

 
Justice Henrietta Wolayo,, the Soroti High Court Resident Judge said court passed lenient sentence against the convicts since they readily pleaded guilty to the charges against them. Plea bargain is a process whereby a criminal, defendant and prosecutor reach a mutually satisfactory disposition of a criminal case, subject to court approval.

 
Under the arrangement, the defendant agrees to plead guilty without a trial, and, in return, the prosecutor agrees to dismiss certain charges or make favorable sentence recommendations to the court. Baker Rwatoro, the Deputy Registrar Soroti High court says plea bargaining is expressly provided for in the Ugandan laws and court rules. 

Soroti High Court will decide on more cases on Thursday under plea bargaining.   

 

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