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Burnt child’s mother petitions RDC

By Vision Reporter

Added 6th October 2003 03:00 AM

THE mother of an eight-ear-old child, who was severely burnt by a neighbour, has complained that the Police mishandled the case.

By Florence Nakaayi

THE mother of an eight-ear-old child, who was severely burnt by a neighbour, has complained that the Police mishandled the case.

Harriet Nnanono, the mother of Lawrence Katongole on Friday petitioned Kampala Assistant Resident District Commissioner, Samuel Hashaka, saying the Police took the suspect to court without the surgeon’s report, which showed that the “injuries were life threatening”.

Nannono says the accused got a lenient sentence.

The accused Sarah Sinyaku, 21, on Thursday pleaded guilty to the offence before Nakawa Court Grade One Magistrate Agnes Nkonge and was fined sh100,000.

She paid the money and was set free.

According to the surgeon’s report, copied to the RDC, the child has septic burns on the chin, chicks, both arms, thighs, classified as dangerous harm. The report was signed on October 2.

Court heard that on September 25, Sinyaku put Katongole on fire on suspicion that the child had stolen sh55,000 from her neighbour. She later offered sh15,000 for treating the child.

Her co-accused, Rehema Namuddu, 25, the alleged owner of the stolen money, denied the charge and was granted bail of sh100,000, but was remanded after she failed to pay.

“It is really disgusting. This can encourage mob justice. The same applies to other cases including defilement. Junior Police officers are bribed to do anything,” Hashaka said.

He said he had forwarded the matter to the Resident State Attorney, Jane Abodo, to find out the facts and ways of dealing with them.

Burnt child’s mother petitions RDC

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