KAMPALA – Justice Flavia Anglin Senoga has on Friday, July 26, sentenced Micheal Okurutu to 20years in jail for defiling a 13-year-old.
The Judge noted that there was a significant degree of premeditation to commit the offense considering that the victim was attacked on several occasions.
The court discovered that the victim was always taken advantage of whenever she was out on her own on errands.
While sentencing Okurutu, the Judge ruled that although he has spent 3 years in jail and has no prior criminal record, he is to spend 20 years in jail excluding the three years already served.
Court ruled that people like Okurutu have to be put away from society and greatly condemned the vice saying it shall not be tolerated.
Justice Senoga noted that Okurutu threatened to harm the victim and her family if they ever reported him and such threats cannot be tolerated as children and their families must be protected by the law.
The Judge enlightened that while the physical scares resulting from sexual assault may disappear, the emotions of psychological scares will last for a life time consequently the custodial sentence may chalice to leave the ends of justice by keeping the Okurutu out of circulation for a while so that he seriously reflects and learn from his grievous mistakes.
According to the evidence on the court record, it indicates that on July 28, 2016 at about 6pm the mother to the victim sent her to go and water vegetables in their nearby gardens, however Okurutu who was a neighbor grabbed her and had sexual intercourse with her after warning her that if she alarmed he would kill her.
Later Okurutu left the victim to go home and she did not reveal the affliction although she appeared dirty which got the mother of the victim suspicious thus undressing her (victim) and checked her private parts where semen found.
Court also heard that upon the mother to the victim interviewing her, she revealed that it was the second time the convict having unprotected sexual intercourse with her.