By Dismus Buregyeya
She apologised, but said she killed in self-defence, having gotten fed up of the sexual harassment her father had subjected her and her siblings to. This constituted part of Afuwa’s confession and defence.
The 18-year-old was on Monday this week sentenced to six hours in jail by the Masaka High Court (from 11:00am to 5:00pm).
While passing the sentence, Justice Margaret Oumo Oguli, the resident judge, said she had taken into consideration the time Afuwa had spent on remand since May.
She said by pleading guilty, Afuwa had not wasted court’s time. In addition, Oguli said the convict was a first-time offender.
It all began on the night of May 8 at Kasana in Nyendo in Masaka municipality when the deceased was heard by neighbours shouting: “You are killing me!”
Neighbours who came to Ahmed Majwala’s rescue found the 56-year-old lying in a pool of blood with multiple cuts on the neck and head. Afuwa meanwhile, was standing outside their bedsit. Police recovered a bloodstained panga and sharp knife used in the murder.
Majwala and his wife, together with their three granddaughters and Afuwa had barely lived in the bedsitter for two months, when the tragic incident happened.
The accused was arrested and handed over to the Police in Nyendo and later referred to Masaka Central Prison.
What triggered such anger?
Apparently, Majwala began raping his daughter and assailant when she was 13 years old. She said she had even lost count of the number of times the deceased had raped her. She said she was forced to carry out an abortion after he made her pregnant.
To add insult to an injury, she said the deceased had vowed to father more children with her as he had done with her two elder sisters. In total, the deceased fathered five children with his daughters, two of whom had died in their infancy.
Traumatised by her ordeal, Afuwa said on the night she killed the deceased, she could not stand the rape anymore. In spite of reporting him to her mother on several occasions, the deceased did not relent.
Afuwa said she once reported the matter to Nyendo Police Station but was not helped either. She said she could not stand the custodial sentence since she was pregnant with a baby of the deceased.
Prosecution led by Peter Mugisha had, however, asked the court to give Afuwa the maximum sentence.