Peter Opio Amalo, the State prosecutor asked court to punish the convict for selling her boss to assailants who murdered her in her own house, adding that the deceased’s family business of over 100m has since collapsed after her death.
A housemaid who facilitated the murder of
her boss and chopped the body to pieces for concealment has been sentenced to 20 years by Lira High Court.
Dolly Acen appeared before Justice Duncan Gaswaga, the
Lira Resident Judge who convicted and sentenced her on her own plea of guilty.
Court heard that on 21st July 2021, Acen
together with Gwasebo Ebong, Galimaka Simon Peter, Andrew Opio Ogule at
Acungapenyi cell, Kachung Western Ward in Dokolo district attacked Mildred Amek
at her home and cut her body into tiny pieces. Acen was a house help at
Acen and her friends went ahead to bury the deceased
and poured ash on the grave, a role Acen was spearheading.
When she appeared in court on Wednesday, Acen asked the court to be lenient in sentencing her because she has to go back to take care
of her 3 children and sisters because her husband drowned in Lake Kwania before
Peter Opio Amalo, the State prosecutor asked the court to
punish the convict for selling her boss to assailants who murdered her in her
own house, adding that the deceased’s family business of over 100m has since collapsed
after her death.
“Given the circumstance under which the offense was
committed, the convict was a house help at the home of the deceased but she
sold out her boss to the assailants yet she concealed and refused to reveal how
the deceased was killed.”
However, Herbert Walusimbi, the defense lawyer told the court that the convict is remorseful, especially after spending time on remand. He
proposed a 10-year sentence for the convict saying she is still young and
But, Justice Gaswaga sentenced the convict to 20 years
saying although the convict is remorseful, the offense is serious and it
attracts a serious sentence.
“The convict is still young and has many more chances
of being useful to this nation but none the less the offense committed is
serious because it involves the taking of someone’s life and in this
circumstance, I find the sentence of 20 years is sufficient and therefore I
sentence you to 20 years in prison.”