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German charged with aggravated defilementPublish Date: Dec 11, 2013
German charged with aggravated defilement
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Bernhard Glaser in the dock at the Masaka Chief Magistrates Court on 12/10/2013. PHOTO/Dismus Buregyeya
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Bernhard Glaser, a German national has been remanded to Masaka Central Prison over charges of aggravated defilement.

Glaser appeared before the Masaka Chief Magistrate, Mary Ikit on Tuesday at about 1:00pm, where two counts of aggravated defilement were read for him.

Court asked him to remain silent because the charges were of capital nature, triable by the High Court.

The magistrate said Glaser could only apply for bail in the High Court and remanded him until December 31 when he reappears in court for mention of the case.

Glaser, who looked scared, thanked the magistrate after reading the charges to him.

The resident state attorney, James Opudin, told court that Glaser committed aggravated defilement against a 12-year-old victim (names withheld), between 2007 and November 30, 2013.

Glaser also faces another count of aggravated defilement against another 14-year-old girl (names withheld) between 2008 and November 30.

Prosecution alleges that Glaser committed both crimes at Mwena in Kalangala district, where he was a guardian to the two minors. He said the Police inquiries into the matter were still on-going.

Glaser, who was represented by counsel Ben Okiror of Kasumba and Company Advocates, was taken to Masaka Central Prison at 2:30pm.

An unidentified German woman, who declined to speak to the press, was allowed to enter the court detention room, where she briefly met Glaser. None of the residents and leaders from Kalangala made it to court.

Glaser was brought to the southern region Police headquarters at about 11:00am under tight Police escort.

The southern region Police spokesman, Noah Sserunjongi, said cases of aggravated defilement were opened against Glaser basing on evidence, which will be adduced and the fact that the victims were below 14 years.

He said Glaser was supposed to protect the victims against sexual abuse.

Glaser is alleged to have sexually abused over 30 teenage girls at his children’s home at Mwena in Kalangala.

He was arrested at the begining of the month, at his Ssese Humanitarian Services Facility, where he resided.

 

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