Kalangala Man Gets 28-Year Jail Term for Raping and Infecting his Victim with HIV

Yoweri Nguche, a resident of Bujumba in Kalangala district is to spend the next 28 years in jail for raping a woman and infecting her with HIV/Aids.  

Nguche was convicted by Justice Margaret Oumo Oguli in Masaka high court after he found him guilty of the charges brought against him.

Earlier on prosecution led by David Baxter Bakibinga told court that on 13th May 2012 at around 2am, Nguche forced his way into the victim’s home and raped her.

He explained that Nguche first called his victim but she didn’t respond. Nguche reportedly forced his way into the house and went straight to victim’s bed, grabbed her by the mouth and started assaulting her.

Bakibinga said that after weakening his victim, Nguche reportedly tore her clothes and started raping her. On reporting the matter to police, the victim was taken for medical examination, which she showed a ruptured hymen and injuries she sustained around the valves consistent with the force used.

The medical report also showed that, the victim had bruises on her left arm and back. According to Bakibinga on his arrest, Nguche was examined by Dr. Frank Kisakye at Kalangala health center IV and was found HIV positive.

Bakibinga asked court to give the suspect a maximum arguing that his victim would never be the same since she was infected with HIV/Aids.

Herbert Zikusooka, the defense lawyer asked the judge to release his client saying prosecution had failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the suspect convicted the crime.

However, in her ruling, Justice Margaret Oumo Oguli concurred with the prosecution witnesses saying they had proved the case beyond reasonable doubt. She therefore convicted the suspect to 28 years in jail.