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Defiler sentenced to 17 years in jail

By Vision Reporter

Added 19th May 2009 03:00 AM

THE High Court in Lira district has sentenced a 27-year-old man, Gerald Ekaa, to 17 years in prison for defiling a six-year-old girl

THE High Court in Lira district has sentenced a 27-year-old man, Gerald Ekaa, to 17 years in prison for defiling a six-year-old girl, writes James Oloch.

Prosecution told court, presided over by Justice Byamukama Mugyenyi, that on december 25, 2006, Ekaa sneaked into the home of Dorcus Akello the mother of the girl. He found the girl asleep with other children and dragged her to a cotton plantation and defiled her.

After another child told the mother what had happened, Akello raised an alarm that attracted residents who mounted a search and found the girl crying.

Ekaa was arrested after a joint search by the Police and LCs. Mugyenyi said a medical report confirmed that the girl was defiled. He said the convict was merciless and heartless. He added that defilement is a capital offence whose maximum sentence is death.

However, since Ekaa was a first time offender, he was sentenced to 17 years. Ekaa’s lawyer, Isaac Okai, pleaded for leniency, saying the convict had learnt a lesson during the time he had spent on remand.

Okai said if given opportunity, Ekaa would lead a campaign against defilement.

Defiler sentenced to 17 years in jail

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