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Bayo told court they intend to amend the charge sheet so that the suspect appears in high court. Amony who had earlier in pleaded guilty to the charges, said she requires proof that the flat iron she used to inflict injuries on the maids is indeed a deadly weapon as claimed by the prosecution.
Francesca Amony is Accused of Using a Hot Flat Iron To Inflict Injuries to Her Two Maids
Francesca Amony, the Democratic Party Women League National Secretary is in trouble for aggravated torture. Amony appeared before the Gulu Chief Magistrate's court on Monday evening where she was charged with two counts of aggravated torture.

She is accused of burning her two house helps identified as 13-year-old Akello Acii and 17-year-old Flavia Anena with a flat iron. The State Prosecutor, William Bayo told court that Amony used a flat iron during or after July 28th, 2017 while at her home in Ariaga East Ward Ariaga Parish in Laroo division in Gulu Municipality to inflict injuries on the house helps for alleged theft of unspecified amount of money.

Bayo told court they intend to amend the charge sheet so that the suspect appears in high court. Amony who had earlier in pleaded guilty to the charges, said she requires proof that the flat iron she used to inflict injuries on the maids is indeed a deadly weapon as claimed by the prosecution.

The Gulu Chief Magistrate, Deogratious Ssejjemba noted that it was apparent that the suspect didn't understand the charges read out to her. He said it was useless to send the suspect to jail with a breastfeeding child in her hands. "Besides, she still enjoys the benefits of presumption of innocence until proven guilty. Let her go ahead and apply for bail" Ssejjemba said.

Amony applied for bail and presented two sureties Martin Oruu, a farmer and Moses Laker, the Personal Assistant to Gulu Municipality Member of Parliament, Lyandro Komakech. Ssejjemba granted Amony to execute a non-cash bond of Shillings 500,000 and bonded each of her sureties for Shillings 1.2 million not in cash.

He asked the suspect to report to court on August 28th and adjourned the court. Under the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act 2012, aggravated torture carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.