Ugandan man gets 27 years for infecting minor with HIV
The High Court in Masaka District, Uganda, has sentenced a man to 27 years in jail for defiling an eight-year-old girl and infecting her with HIV.
The State prosecutor, Mr Baxter Bakibinga, told court that the man, Fulugension Bazooka, defiled the girl on May 22, 2011 in Kasijjagirwa village in Masaka Municipality.
Mr Bakibinga said the victim’s mother had sent the daughter to Mr Bazooka’s home to collect beans, but upon reaching there, the man forced her inside the house and defiled her.
The victim reported the matter to her mother who informed police.
Mr Bakibinga asked the presiding judge, Justice Margaret Oumo Oguli, to hand the man the death sentence because he also infected the girl with HIV.
However, Mr Bazooka asked for forgiveness, saying he had four children and a blind grandmother aged 90 to look after.
“My home is now a bush, no one can control it in my absence and I need to go back and take care of my family who rely on me,” Mr Bazooka pleaded.
His lawyer, Mr Lawrence Yawe, pleaded for leniency for his client and asked court to consider the three years Mr Bazooka had spent on remand and being a first offender.
Justice Oguli said prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and observed that given the girl was infected with an incurable disease and that her mind was traumatised for life, the accused deserved a deterrent sentenced of 27 years in jail.