Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Dad held over "defiling" daughter (Wakiso district, Uganda)

Dad JOHN RUSONGWIRE has been arrested for raping his 12-year-old daughter.

Man held over defiling daughter
Wednesday, 6th January, 2010

By Herbert Ssempogo

A 43-YEAR-OLD man has been detained over allegations of defiling his daughter.

John Rusongwire of Kamuli Zone in Kira town council, Wakiso district was arrested after the girl’s mother, Florence Nshemerirwe, complained to the Police at Kira division.

The girl, 12, was defiled last December, said the Police spokesperson, Judith Nabakooba.

The suspect allegedly went to the victim’s grandmother, Barbra Nanteza, saying he wanted to stay with his daughter. Nanteza’s home is in the same locality with Rusongwire’s .

“One night, the man went to the girl’s bedroom and told her that he was looking for something. He lit a candle and looked around the room,” Nabakooba said.

“Suddenly, the man pounced on the unsuspecting girl and had sex with her.”

“The victim did not report the incident to anyone. However, when her father defiled her two more times, she fled back to her grandmother’s home,” Nabakooba added.

Nanteza, the victim and her mother went to the Police station where they recorded statements.

The victim was taken to Mulago Hospital for examination and the findings would be used as evidence in court, Nabakooba added.

Despite denying the offence, Rusongwire allegedly told the Police that he was under the influence of alcohol.

Nabakooba said investigations were going on.

According to the amended Chief Magistrates Act, a man who performs sexual acts with a girl aged 14 years and below commits aggravated defilement that attracts a maximum of a death sentence.