A 22-year-old woman, Dorothy Nabulime who was arrested for the torture of her two-year-old child has been sentenced to 18 months in jail by the Luwero Chief Magistrate's court.
A resident of Busula A zone in Busula trading center in Katikamu sub county, Nabulime appeared before Luwero Chief Magistrate Mariam Nalugya Ssemwanga for sentencing after she pleaded guilty to two offenses last week.
The cruel mother was convicted of charges of cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment of a child contrary to section 7(1) of the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture act and assault occasioning actual bodily harm to the child contrary to section 236 of the penal code.
The Chief Magistrate Mariam Nalugya Ssemwanga noted that she heard Nabulime’s defense that she committed the offense because she was a rape victim and out of anger.
However, the magistrate added that although she sympathizes with Nabulime over the trauma, that doesn’t justify torture against the innocent child.
Adding that for Nabulime’s safety and that of the children, she should be kept away in jail.
Nalugya then sentenced Nabulime to serve 18 months in jail for the crimes of cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment of a child and six months for assault.
“I also order that Prison provides counseling and rehabilitation to you in the 18th months in jail to prepare to be a better parent before you return to the community,” the Magistrate said.
Nabulime has 14 days to appeal the sentence or else serve it at Butuntumula Prison.
Unlike on the first court appearance, Nabulime looked calm as the court was reading the sentence and afterwards she was taken to court cells to wait for the transfer to Butuntumula Prison.