The magistrate Samsom Abiti Loum said that the convicts were not only elders but also blood relatives who could have taken care of their infant victim and ensured that he was protected from all forms of danger.
The Chief Magistrate's Court in Lira has sentenced a mother
together with her son to six years in prison for domestic violence and torture
of a child.
Marcelina Akoli, 80 years, and her son Geoffrey Ojok who are
residents of Barlonyo in Lira District were arrested in 2018 when Akoli burnt
her grandchild’s (Emmanuel Ojok) hand in fire.
The duo was charged with domestic violence and child
They appeared before His Worship Samsom Abiti Loum, the
chief magistrate on Thursday from where they were sentenced to 12 months in
prison for domestic violence or pay a fine of 500,000 and 5 years in prison or
pay a Shs.2m fine for child torture.
In his ruling, the magistrate Samsom Abiti Loum explained that the convicts
were not only elders but also blood relatives who could have taken care of the
victim and ensured that he was protected from all forms of danger but they acted otherwise.
He said: “In this case, the court learnt that the convicts are very close
relatives to the victim; A1 being a paternal grandmother and A2 is his biological
father. Court has considered your mitigation factors but the court also saw the
victim with a burnt hand and cannot imagine anything which can bring back his
hand and for that reason I am sentencing you based on the fact that you two had the responsibility of protecting the victim but instead hurt him even
though he was only 4 years at the time.”
Earlier, prosecution alleged that in 2018, Ojok who was
residing in Lira Municipality took custody of his son identified as Emmanuel
Ojok who was only 4 years at the time, and handed him over to his mother Akoli, a
resident of Barlonyo in Agweng sub-county from where she intentionally pushed
his hand into a burning fire, burning all his right-hand fingers causing permanent damage
to the child.
However, Dolly Ogwang, a member of the child protection committee at
Angwetangwet ‘A’ village where the child is currently staying with her maternal
grandmother believes that the ruling is not fair for the child who she says is
still struggling to cope with life after the horrible ordeal she went
Luo byte: “//Cue in: “Tin kit adang… //
Cue out: … me bino, me dok.”//
Some locals are concerned over the rise in the number of cases
of crimes against children. Two days ago, the Grade One Magistrate court in
Lira charged and remanded Steven Aine Mugisha over aggravated defilement and
child trafficking charges.