LUWEERO. High Court Judge in Luweero District has convicted at own plea of guilty and sentenced man to a 25-year jail term for defiling and infecting his step daughter with HIV/Aids.
Ronald Kaddu, 53, will spend 25 years in jail after High Court Judge Olive Karazarwe Mukwaya faulted him for his beastly act since at his age, he was supposed to be the source of refuge in case the young girl felt threatened by anybody at her tender age.
Prosecution led by Mr Nasur Ntalo Hussein told court that Kaddu, a resident of Kakoni Village in Kalagala Sub-county, Luweero District on February 25, 2015 while at his home sneaked into the girl’s room and defiled her. Kaddu later threatened to stop paying school fees for the little girl if she told her mother about what had happened.
“I would sanction for the maximum sentence which goes up to 35 years for such an offense because Kaddu knew that he was infected with HIV/Aids, but decided to defile and infect the girl. He had no mercy for the young girl who saw her as her father. He betrayed the trust one would expect from a parent considering the age of the girl,” Ntalo told Court.
Unfortunately, when the young girl informed her mother about what had happened, the mother chose to spare her husband and instead decided to send the young girl to her father with strict instructions never to narrate the incident to any of the relative, prosecution told court.
“This girl was very brave when she chose not to die in silence. She narrated the ordeal to her relatives, leading to the arrest of Kaddu,” Ntalo said.
The defense lawyer Mr Sowali Katamba prayed for lenient sentence since Kaddu had not wasted court time by pleading guilty to the charges of aggravated defilement.
“The convict has spent more than 3 years on remand. I pray for a lenient sentence because the convict is the bread winner for his family of three plus his parents who are very old,” Katamba told Court.
Justice Karazarwe told the convict that he was free to appeal the sentence within 14 days.