A woman identified as Patience Uwimana, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for allegedly stomping and brutalizing her five years old son.
Recall that in the past weeks, a video went viral on the internet, showing the moment the 23-year-old mother angrily canning her son named, Alfred Sebandeke, before using her legs to kick him and then stepped on his head.
The woman, who is currently a resident of Byuma Village, Kyazanga Town Council in Lwengo District of Uganda, was on Wednesday, March 24, convicted by Grade One Magistrate, Ms Christine Nantege for unlawfully beating her son on February 8, 2021.
However, the state prosecutor, Mr Nata Angwadya had requested from the Court for a deterrent sentence claiming that the woman, Uwimana is an ex-convict, who was released from Kisoro Prison for attempted murder, not too long ago.
Mr Angwadya went further to reveal to the court that the Uwimana had not showed any signs of remorse all through her trial.
“Your worship, the act done by this woman is unforgivable. There is a need for this honorable court to send a clear message to the community that torturing innocent children is felonious. I pray that she is given a deterrent and custodial sentence, your worship,” he pleaded.
Uwimana however, had pleaded for a lenient sentence claiming that she acted out of anger.
“Your worship, my neighbors used to attack me, saying that I gave birth to a thief because he would allegedly steal everything he came across. I ask for forgiveness because I over reacted out of anger basing on what my neighbors reported to me,” she said.
The magistrate said Uwimana did not waste the court’s time because she pleaded guilty to the offence, nevertheless the convict had a duty to protect her son from any harm and injury.
“The state has failed to prove that you [Uwimana] have ever committed any other offence and therefore, there is nothing to show that you have a criminal record. Assault has a maximum punishment of five years but because of your plea of guilt, I sentence you to two years in prison,” the magistrate said.
The magistrate let the mother of two know that she had a right to appeal against her sentence if she was not satisfied within 14 days.
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