WORLD-Ugandan maid pleads guilty to torturing child

KAMPALA –– A maid in Uganda who was secretly filmed beating and kicking a toddler has pleaded guilty to torture.

Jolly Tumuhirwe, 22, was charged in court with the torture of a girl of 18 months. A video of the assault caused outrage when it was posted online.

Jolly Tumuhirwe in court.
Jolly Tumuhirwe in court.

The child’s father Eric Kamanzi had installed a camera in his home after noticing his daughter was bruised and limping.

Tumuhirwe asked the court, the parents and Ugandans to forgive her.

The graphic footage, which is taken from a camera hidden in the corner of the living room, shows Tumuhirwe hitting the child when she resists feeding and then throwing her to the floor, beating her with a torch before stepping on her and kicking her.

The footage of the abuse, which was not shown in court on Monday, has been seen or shared thousands of times on social media.

After capturing the violence on film, the girl’s father reported the incident to police on November 13.

Tumuhirwe, who was not represented by a lawyer in court, now faces up to 15 years in prison for the crime or a fine of about $400 or both.

One of Uganda’s leading advocates offered to represent her but the magistrate denied his request saying he had not formally notified the court.

The BBC’s Patience Atuhaire in the capital Kampala says the toddler’s father broke down in court when the maid said she was sorry.

The magistrate granted the state attorney’s request for an adjournment of two days so that she could gather more facts on the case.

After the public outrage that followed the video, police had issued a statement saying the charge of torture would be amended to attempted murder.

But the directorate of public prosecutions was quoted in local media today as saying that investigations were still on-going and the charge remained torture under the Anti-Torture Act.

Our reporter says the courtroom was packed and people were running and craning their necks to have a good look at Tumuhirwe as she was led away by prison officers after the session.

Source: (BBC)

7 Responses to WORLD-Ugandan maid pleads guilty to torturing child

  1. Stacey Harris
    Stacey Harris December 8, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Wa let me tell ya sain if tht wuz my child she wouldn’t b there sittin dwn tho, i wa b there sittin dwn fa she.. Str8.

  2. Clyrene Mason
    Clyrene Mason December 8, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    If that was my child she wasn’t making it to court. Believe that!

  3. Harry Stephen December 9, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Sent her to jail for life she does not fit in to be with society I’ve watched that video

  4. ashley george December 9, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    she should be sentenced to prison for more than 15 years and not charged for torture alone but both torture and attempted murder. she did that little baby too much to cum out after 15 years. If someone else don’t know what happened and hired her she might do it again….LIFE IS MY SENTENCE IF I HAD MY OWN WAY.

  5. Theodora green December 9, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    15 years is not enough for this worman she need to be away for the rest of her life this is a baby no one deserve to be treated like this they also need to take her children away from her if she has any

  6. Cherry December 9, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    I watched the video once and it evoke some feelings I thought I would never feel. Then I cried like a baby. I tried to watch it again and couldn’t. Children are precious and should be protected so this woman has to be mentally ill. When you see a child all you want to do is talk baby talk and make weird faces to make the child laugh or something…………..hmmmmmm mentally ill.

  7. Angela Haynes December 12, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    If that was my child she would be in the hospital laying down all like now because 15 years is to good for her that little girl now born and she looking to murder her


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