Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Update; Justice Served!

Angelina Kyomugisha

This was a story I blogged about last year about a woman who caught her neighbor attempting to defile her daughter and with her knife she had been working with promptly dismembered the guy. She had a lot of public support including lots of Ugandan men who thought she was a hero. Well, she is now free to go on with her life while the defiler is literally less of a man.

By Abdulkarim Ssengendo
in Mbarara

COURT in Mbarara on Monday dismissed a case of a woman who chopped off the penis of her neighbour.

Angelina Kyomugisha, 37, accused Geoffrey Mugarura of allegedly defiling her 10-year-old daughter in June last year. She had been accused of causing bodily harm to Mugarura.

Court, presided over by the Grade One magistrate Matthew Tumwijukye, said prosecution had failed to produce the complainant and other witnesses. If convicted, Kyomugisha would have been liable to imprisonment for five-years.

After acquittal, an excited Kyomugisha smiled and waved to the people in the courtroom.

Asked to comment about the matter, she broke down and cried as she said: “I could not expect this; God is great to see that I am also going to settle with my children without court stress. I was about to fail to report to court every month as I was required because transport fares had increased.”

Kyomugisha is a resident of Rugyerera village in Rwanyamahembe sub-county Kashari county.

She said she was weeding her banana plantation and she heard her daughter shouting for help. She rushed to the house and found Mugarura on top of her child.

This, she said, prompted her to chop Mugarura’s genitals and throw it in nearby bush. The crowd searched for the penis for hours in vain.

Later, a dog was seen trying to run away with the organ. Residents chased the dog, recovered the penis and handed it over to the Police. It was later taken to Mbarara Central Police Station as an exhibit. A bleeding Mugarura was rushed to Mbarara Hospital.

He did not regain his manhood because doctors failed to re-attach it. The stump was refashioned so that he can pass urine.

When Kyomugisha was arrested, women lawyers from FIDA stood her surety and she was bailed out of prison. The lawyers also met Mugarura’s medical bills and reconciled both parties.