THE Kagera Senior Resident Magistrate, Wilbert Chuma, has ordered a girl (name withheld) to be under probation for two months after he convicted her of causing grievous bodily harm.
Prosecuting, Senior State Attorney Jacqline Mrema told the court that the accused committed the offence on November 23, this year in Rwamishenye Ward, Bukoba Municipality.
According to State Attorney Mrema, the accused assaulted another underage girl (name withheld) by splashing boiling water over her face causing her to suffer grievous harm. After the facts were read over to her, the accused pleaded guilty to the offence.
However, when Magistrate Chuma urged her to mitigate, the accused, who was dressed in a yellow T-shirt remained mum while holding her head between her hands sobbing. It was at this juncture, that a Social Welfare Officer, Ms Dianna Jasson, intervened calling for leniency.
"Your honour, the accused is underage. Moreover, when she was called upon to mitigate, she remained silent. This could probably mean that she did not comprehend the gravity of the offence she is charged with," she pleaded.
Magistrate Chuma convicted her under Section 225 of the Criminal Procedure Act (PCA) and ordered her not to commit any offence during the next two months while under probation.