10 August 2018

Uganda: Man With Disabilities Jailed for Raping 65-Year-Old Woman

Luweero — A High Court Judge in Luweero District has sentenced a 19-year-old man with disabilities to a seven year jail term for assaulting and raping a 65-year- old woman.

Moses Ssekito, committed the crime at Bukatira Village, Kito Sub-county, Nakaseke District in 2015.

Justice Olive Karazarwe on Thursday said she handed a light sentence to Ssekito because of his physical disability.

Prosecution led by Mr Hussein Nasur Ntalo, told court that on August 21, 2015, Ssekito forced his way into the house of the victim, who is a resident of the same village, after breaking the door.

Upon conviction, Ssekito who for the last two years has denied the offence, requested for leniency.

Justice Karazarwe said that the woman, given her age, could not publically claim to have been raped and of all people, pin Ssekito, a person with disabilities.

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