Two Men Get 20-Year Jail Term For Aggravated Defilement

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Justice Atwooki also noted that the defilement victim adduced undoubted evidence against Emmanuel Katusiime, a former laborer at a nearby primary school.

Court in Hoima has handed a 20- year- jail term to two men after finding them guilty of separately defiling a 12-year-old girl. They are Janan Tukahura and Emmanuel Katusiime, both residents of Isonga village in Kyangwali Sub County in Hoima district.

The duo appeared on Tuesday before Masindi Resident Judge, Rugadia Atwooki following a criminal session in November last year. During the hearing, the duo was pinned for defiling the 12-year-old in December 2011.
In his judgment, Justice Atwooki said he found Tukahura guilty of aggravated defilement since he had failed to challenge the testimony of his victims, who is now 17- years- old. He explained that the victim managed to put Tukahura at the crime scene when she told court that the accused found her in her aunt's bar and asked for alcohol before he defiled her.
Justice Atwooki also noted that the defilement victim adduced undoubted evidence against Emmanuel Katusiime, a former laborer at a nearby primary school. He said court also established that Tumusiime asked the minor to deliver a jerry can of water to his house, where he defiled her and bribed her with Shillings 1000 to remain silent.

The girl only opened up after her mother punished her for returning late home. He therefore convicted the two men to 20 years in jail, saying it is the responsibility of court to protect Ugandan children from any harm. Aggravated defilement carries a maximum death sentence upon conviction.
However, judges have the discretion to give a lesser punishment in consideration of other factors. During the hearing, Tukahura and Katusiime pleaded for mercy, saying they had young families to take care of but the State Prosecutor Robert Arinitwe, asked court to hand them a severe punishment to protect young girls from such evil men.


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Thembo Kahungu
Thembo Kahungu is interested in journalism that changes lives. A recent example is when a suspect in state prosecutor Joan Kagezi was held longer than the law states. Kahungu is proud to note that it was his follow up on Geoffrey Kato's unlawful detention that led to the freedom of the boda boda rider.

Previously based in Kasese, Kahungu has been reposted to Hoima town. Kahungu is now the Uganda Radio Network Hoima bureau chief.

Kahungu has been a practicing journalist since 2007. He was a reporter for Radio Messiah and Kasese Guide Radio. He was also the Kasese Daily Monitor freelance writer. He has also been a teacher at Liberty College of Management and Journalism in Kasese district.

Kahungu is deeply interested in investigative journalism. Kahungu has developed a big interest in covering issues to do with Oil, Gas and Mining after attending a fellowship in Ghana in October 2015 under the sponsorship of Natural Resource Governance Institute.