12 March 2013

Uganda: Girl Stones Rapist to Death, Faces Murder Charges

A sixteen-year-old girl who hit her would-be rapist with a stone, killing him, is to face murder charges according to police.

The girl called Shadia (not real names) recorded a statement at the Police for stoning to death a man who wanted to rape her. The man died on arrival at Mulago Hospital. The incident took place on Saturday night in Kyebando Nsoba, a Kampala suburb.

Currently detained at Kira Road police station, Shadia said she did not intend to kill the man, but acted in self-defence.

"As I walked home from my friend's home in Kamwokya, a man leapt at me from the bushes and started slapping me. He also kicked me and I fell down. As he started tearing off my skirts, attempting to rape me, I overpowered him, picked a huge stone and hit him on the head," she narrated.

Shadia added that when the man fell down, she ran to a relative's home. By press time, circumstances surrounding Shadia's arrest were scanty but the district Police commander of Kira Road police station, Robert Walugembe, said she will be charged with murder.

Elsewhere, a 20-year old girl who vanished from her grandmother's home was found raped and murdered. Pauline Nakabito left her grandmother's home in Katale Luunya zone, Bunnamwaya on Thursday evening but never returned. Her body was found dumped in a stream.

Her grandmother, Teddy Namukwaya, said Nakabito who worked at an eatery left home at 8.00pm only to be told the next day that her body was found dumped in a stream.

The Nalumunye police station boss, Muhammed Byansi said the deceased had been raped and that her body was taken to Mulago hospital mortuary.

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