Court presided over by Justice Damalie Lwanga for the Special Gender-Based Violence Criminal session has been shocked after a 30-year-old man from Luwero district asked to be castrated instead of spending 30 years in jail for defiling his 10-year-old sister in law.
Kassim Kisomeso, a resident of Busiika town in Luwero district was found guilty of aggravated defilement, for defiling his sister in law for 15 consecutive days, between September 14 and September 29, last year.
Beatrice Alok Odong the Luwero State Attorney says Kisomeso frequently had sexual intercourse with the minor until he was uncovered by his wife.
However, Kisomeso told court that besides being drunk at the time of the heinous crime, the wife falsely accused him after a domestic misunderstanding.
A medical doctor from Kalagala Health Centre IV who testified, told Court that the girl’s hymen was raptured that she developed an infection by the time she was taken to the facility for medical attention.
The accused was then convicted and sentenced during the Special Gender-Based Violence based on the account given by both the wife and the doctor.
However after conviction, Kisomeso shocked everyone when he asked the court for a pardon and instead requested for a custodial sentence, give him a suspended sentence, and castrate him to kill his sexual urge, in order for him to look after his eight-months-old baby.
The state Attorney however asked Court to sentence the accused person to 30 years in jail because he was not remorseful and wasted court’s resources as well as time.
Justice Lwanga in his sentence noted that there is no punishment in Uganda Laws where a convict like him can be castrated by injection to protect the public. He instead sustained the jail sentence and a fine of 400,000 Shillings as compensation for the physical injuries and emotional stress on the victim.
Lwanga added that the punishment will keep Kisomeso away from the public and deter others from committing the same offence.