MUKONO – Mukono Chief Magistrates Court has on Wednesday, August 7, remanded a woman, Ms. Annet Namata who is suspected to have forcefully fed her 13-year-old stepdaughter food that was mixed with her menstrual blood.
Ms. Namata has been remanded to Kauga prison in Mukono District for two weeks.
Ms. Namata appeared before H/W Patience Koburunga the Mukono Grade I Magistrate who read out charges against her saying she is accused of causing a disease.
“You are accused of feeding your 13-year-old step daughter Agnes Naava with food mixed with your menstrual blood knowing it could cause her a disease,” said H/W Koburunga.
Ms Namata however, did not plead guilty to the charges.
The accused is said to have committed the crime on June 6 and was subsequently arrested. She was then released on police bond but instead went into hiding.
The Kampala Metropolitan Area deputy Police spokesperson Luke Owesigire revealed that yesterday the suspect was arrested from Katosi landing site through telephone tracking where she had been hiding.
“After being released on police bond, she was supposed to keep on reporting at the police on specified dates but she instead went into hiding,” Owesigire said.
Ms Namata was taken to police by her husband Yunus Lukungu upon learning about the shocking incident from his neighbours who reported her for mixing her blood in the contaminated food. The accused is said to have threatened to strangle her step daughter if she declined to eat the foul food.
Ms Namata had earlier pleaded guilty to her husband Mr Lukungu and the Kitega Women council regarding the accusations before she was arrested. She is said to have also apologized to her immediate community members.
Upon her release from police two days after her arrest, the residents took matters in their own hands by protesting.
They vandalised her kiosk in which she has been selling her groceries.