Prosecution led by Amina Akasa told court that while at Masaka School of the Deaf on September 1, 2018, Tumwekwase dragged his victim to his room where he forcefully had sex with her.
High Court in Masaka has sentenced a security
guard to 20 years in jail for defiling a 15-year- old girl. Justice Dr.
Winfred Nabisinde found Jorum Tumwekwase guilty of defiling a mute girl this
Prosecution led by Amina Akasa told court that while at
Masaka School of the Deaf on September 1, 2018, Tumwekwase dragged his victim to his room where he forcefully
had sex with her.
Tumwekwase was on guard duties at the school when he
committed the offense.
Akasa told court that Tumwekwase breached the
trust the school proprietors had in him when he defiled the victim instead of
She asked court to give Tumwekwase a long custodial sentence so
as to serve as an example to other men in society who sexually abuse People
The defense lawyer, Alexender Lule told court that Tumwekwase
is remorseful for his actions and asked court to give him a lenient sentence
since he didn’t waste courts time.
In her judgment, Justice
Nabisinde says that the practice of people forcing
young girls into sex is rampant in Masaka region, adding that court has the duty
of protecting young girls from sexual assault.
She concurred with the state that the Tumwekwase
be given a deterrent punishment to send a message to other people with similar
intentions to commit such as offences.
She also condemned
the high cases of sexual harassment of disabled girls in Masaka region, saying
there is need for local leaders to address the challenge.
Nabisinde therefore handed Tumwekwase 20 years in jail.
She however, reduced one year the convict spent on remand and
another since he pleaded guilty to the offense and saved court’s time.