By Barbra Kabahumuza
The High Court in Kampala has charged a housemaid with aggravated defilement after it was alleged that she inserted sticks in the private parts of a four-year-old female juvenile.
On Wednesday, May 31, Alice Kiiza appeared before Justice Isaac Muwata and denied the charge.
The charge is contrary to section 129(1)(3)(4)(a) of the Penal Code Act.
It is alleged that between August 1 and 12, 2023 at Nsasa, Kira municipality in Wakiso district, the 25-year-old (accused) performed a sexual act with the juvenile, name withheld.
According to the indictment, at the beginning of August 2021, the complainant (mother of the victim) hired two housemaids, Kiiza (accused) and Doreen Khamuka to look after her children while she was at work.
Prosecution states that after a few days, the complainant examined the footage from the security cameras and noticed that the victim was playing in the mud and her brother was drinking dirty water while the maids were busy on their smartphones.
“She confronted the maids and they apologised, but now she (the complainant) started noticing that the children were withdrawn and apprehensive. So, she took three of her children to her friend to take care of them and left the youngest one with the maids at home,” read part of the court documents.
According to the indictment, when she took the children to her friend’s place, they returned to normalcy and started being themselves.
However, the youngest one who was left with the maids changed and was no longer herself and that is when she realised something was wrong.
It is further stated that on August 12, 2021, the two maids told their boss (complainant) that they were no longer interested in working so they wanted to leave.
The complainant took them back to the person who had brought them to her on August 13, 2021.
Court documents indicate that when the maids left, the victim revealed to the mother that the two maids used to beat them and pushed a stick into her private parts.
“The mother (complainant) rushed the victim to the clinic and the medical examination showed that the victim’s private parts were bruised and hymen was ruptured,” according to the indictment.
The case was reported to Police, the accused was arrested and charged accordingly.
Prosecution asserts that upon arrest, a medical examination was made by the Police and the accused was found to be of normal mental status.
Justice Muwata has fixed the case to June 22, 2023, for hearing.