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Man in Rakai Jailed 20 Years for Defiling Step Daughter

Moses Byaruhanga, a resident of Rakai district was convicted by Masaka High Court resident judge Justice Winfred Nabisinde after pleading guilty to the offence of aggravated defilement.
31 Jul 2019 14:41
A 32- year old man in Rakai has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for defiling his step-daughter.

Moses Byaruhanga, a resident of Rakai district was convicted by Masaka High Court resident judge Justice Winfred Nabisinde after pleading guilty to the offence of aggravated defilement. 

The state prosecutor Amina Akasa told court that Byarugaba forced his 8- year old stepdaughter into sexual intercourse.

Akasa told court that Byarugaba took advantage of the absence of the minor’s mother to sexually assault the hearing impaired girl.

Court heard that Byarugaba at the time was HIV/AIDS positive at the time he committed the offence, although the minor did not contract the virus.

Akasa asked court to give Byarugaba, a maximum punishment because his action to the victim was brutal and traumatizing and that as a stepfather to the victim he had a duty of protecting her.

The defence lawyer Andrew Tusingwire asked court to give a light punishment to Byarugaba because he did not waste courts time since he pleaded guilty to the charges and he is remorseful for his actions.

Nabisinde says that Byarugaba put the innocent girl’s life of contracting HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases saying that 25 years imprisonment was appropriate to his offence but she deducted 1 year for pleading guilty and 4 years he has spent on remand sentencing him to 20 years imprisonment.

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