A 39-year-old man has been presented in court over defiling his then eight-year-old step daughter.
The suspect Paul Mugerwa allegedly committed the crime in May 2011 at Mweru village, Butenga Sub County in Bukomansimbi district.
Mugerwa was presented in Masaka High Court before Justice Margaret Oumo Oguli.
Prosecution led by David Baxter Bakibinga presented three witnesses; the victim’s mother Latifah Nabakooza (48), LC1 chairman Emmanuel Kayiwa and the victim herself. The witnesses are all residents of Mweru village.
Prosecution said that Mugerwa defiled his stepdaughter after Nabakooza left him home alone with the girl. Nabakooza explained that she had gone to visit her daughters Myanga village in Bukomansimbi district.
On return, she noticed that her daughter was walking with difficulty. Mugerwa tried to allay her fears by claiming that the girl was suffering from Malaria. However, after two days, Nabakooza was able to get the child to reveal she had been repeatedly defiled by her stepfather.
The victim told court that Mugerwa had tried to buy her silence by giving her Ugx 200 to buy chapattis.
The LC 1 chairman Kayiwa said that he was notified by Nabakooza on learning what had happened to her daughter. Kayiwa said that Mugerwa went on the run from the marital home and was apprehended after 3 days.
Prosecution also presented before court a hospital examination form of the victim signed by Dr. Julius Amumpe, the Bukomansimbi district health officer . The report indicated that there had been penetration and the hymen raptured.
Mugerwa’s defense led by Ms. Gorreth Ayebale did not make a submission.