The Prosecution led by Beatrice Alok Odongo, the Luweero Resident State Attorney told the court that during August 2016, Minani unlawfully performed sexual acts with his daughter, then aged 12, despite being her biological father.
The High Court in Luweero has sentenced a man to 13-years in jail for defiling and impregnating his own daughter. Charles Minani, 33, a resident of
Kidolindo village in Bamunanika sub-county pleaded guilty to the charges.
The Prosecution led by Beatrice Alok Odongo, the Luweero
Resident State Attorney told the court that during the month of August 2016, Minani unlawfully performed sexual acts with his daughter, then aged 12, despite being her biological father.
However, Alok told the court that Minani had entered into a plea bargain with
the state and agreed to accept a 13-year jail sentence as the punishment for the act.
Plea bargaining is a negotiated agreement between
the prosecution and an accused person represented by a lawyer. Once a deal is
struck, the accused person is brought before a judge to plead guilty to the
charges against him or her in exchange for a lesser sentence.'
The High Court Judge Vincent Okwang sitting in Luweero town
charged Minani for aggravated defilement and sent him to jail on his own
conviction. He, however, said the period of three years, two months and twenty-five
days already spent on remand shall be deducted from the sentence.
Defilement cases have topped the court session presided over
Justice Vincent Okwang.
At least 22 out of 46 cases being handled in the session are defilement cases, followed by 15 cases of murder and four cases for robbery,
among others. The same high court is hearing another case where one Robert
Obala is accused of defiling his own 4-year-old daughter.
According to Police Annual crime report for 2018, a total of
15,366 female juveniles and 228 male juveniles were defiled in 2018. Defilement was ranked the second leading crime in Uganda
after common assaults during the year.