Ochen was found guilty and convicted by Justice Margret Oumo Oguli in Masaka high court on Monday.
High court has convicted David Ochen, a teacher at Ssembabule Junior Primary School to 15-years in jail for defiling a 16-year-old girl and infecting her with HIV/Aids. Ochen was found guilty and convicted by Justice Margret Oumo Oguli in Masaka high court on Monday. Prosecution led by Ann Kiiza told court that on 21st February 2012, Ochen took the minor to Visteon Lodge in Ssembabule town council and defiled her. Ochen was arrested after concerned residents tipped off police after their saw him entering the lodge with the primary six pupil.
Kiiza says that medical examinations carried out on the minor showed that she contracted HIV. Kiiza says that after sometime, the girl’s parents also discovered that the minor had impregnated by Ochen. She told court that the minor gave birth to twins but unfortunately one of them passed away after two weeks due to high fever. Kiiza told court that the minor is living under harsh conditions as she has to fend for the baby child and herself. She asked court to give Ochen a maximum sentence of death to act as a deterrent to other offenders.
But Edward Kikirengoma, the defense lawyer said his client regrets the incident and is now a transformed person. He asked court to consider the one year and two months the suspect spent on remand, and give him a lenient sentence. In her ruling justice Oguli said, it is unfortunate that teachers who are known for their sympathetic, caring and protective character have now turned into predators. She wondered where parents will take their children for studies if teachers have also started defiling tem. She said the defilement victim is going through, adding that children like her need to be protected from people like Ochen. Oguli therefore sentenced Ochen to 15 years imprisonment.