National
HIV blood nurse appeals jail sentence
Publish Date: Aug 13, 2014
HIV blood nurse appeals jail sentence
Namubiru in the dock was sentenced to three years by Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Olive Kazaarwe on May,19,2014. PHOTOS/Nicholas Kajoba
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Michael Odeng

Rosemary Namubiru, a nurse who was sentenced for injecting a 2-year old baby with a needle contaminated with HIV blood has appealed against her three year jail sentence and conviction.

Namubiru 24, through her lawyer Ladilus Rwakafuzi is challenging her conviction and sentence on grounds that court was unfair on her. The nurse filed the notice of appeal at the High Court in Kampala.
 
Speaking to the New Vision Wednesday, Rwakafuzi said they appealed on grounds that the offence Namubiru was charged with does not relate to HIV but to contagious diseases such as Ebola and measles. She also applied for bail pending hearing of her appeal.

Namubiru's relatives react after she was sentenced to three years in prison by Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Olive Kazaarwe on May19, 2014

Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Olive Kazaarwe Mukwaya  on May 19 this year convicted and sentenced Namubiru after she was found guilty of unlawfully doing a negligent act of spreading the infectious disease.
 
Prosecution told court that Namubiru unlawfully and negligently injected a baby with a needle contaminated with her HIV blood while knowing the action could likely spread the infection of HIV, a disease dangerous to life. Namubiru pricked her index finger before using the same cannula to prick the vein of the baby.
 
The nurse committed the offence on January 7, 2014 at Victoria Medical Center located at lumumba avenue in Kampala.
The trial magistrate convicted Namubiru after prosecution led by Lillian Omara closed her case with nine witnesses who pinned Namubiru.
 
Namubiru was arrested by police on January 7, 2014 after the parents of the baby pinned her saying that she first pricked herself and then turned the needle on the infant.
 
Meanwhile after the sentence, Namubiru’s case raised public debate and the human rights activists condemned the act, saying Namubiru did not deserve such a sentence and she was stigmatization.

 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
A call to expedite Bill on legal aid provision
Government has been urged to fast-track the passing of the National Legal Aid Policy and Bill into law to help regularize the activities of legal aid providers....
‘Uganda lacks a peace and reconciliation policy’
A Makerere University lecture says the county lacks a policy that would help heal the wounds of war-scarred communities....
UBTEB exams start on Monday
The Uganda Business and Technical Examinations for the end of this year will kicking off on Monday where a total of 49, 834 candidates registered to sit for them....
Two Pallisa women killed over family land
An elderly woman and her daughter in Pallisa district are hacked to death over land wrangles within their family....
Court orders status report on terror suspect property
Grade one magistrate Simon Zirintuusa has ordered a status report on the confiscated property of one of the 10 Al shabaab-linked terror suspects arrested in September in the city suburb of Kisenyi....
Uganda’s young population soars
About 13.1 million Ugandans are aged 10-24, according to a new United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report.The report shows that Uganda’s population at 38.8 million, contradicting the national census results which put the figure at 34.9 million....
Should workers be subjected to a 4% Health Insurance Tax??
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter