Emmanuel Eguki, a resident of Kibuli, a Kampala suburb has pleaded guilty to defiling his best friend’s 10 year old daughter. The 32-year-old, Eguki, who had initially pleaded not guilty, changed his plea to guilty as his victim was due to testify against him.
Prosecution had lined up the minor as the second witness in the case following the testimony of her father against the accused. Justice Jane Francis Abodo convicted Eguki on his own plea of guilt. Eguki asked the girl’s family to forgive him as well as court to have mercy on him.
“I have a 4 year old daughter also who is staying with my mother. My mother is sick and cannot take care of her. The time I have been in prison, I have learnt a lot. The court should have mercy on me,” Eguki told court.
Details of the case are that on May 3rd, 2016 while in Kibuli at around 10pm, Eguki defiled the 10-year-old pupil of Nsambya Police Children School. The girl’s father was in his shop when the incident occurred.
The girl’s father, whose identity has been withheld by URN to protect the minor, told court that he was staying together with the suspect and his daughter when the incident happened.
“I had brought my daughter to Kampala to study. The mother was staying in the village. We were staying in the same house with my Friend. He had his own bed and I would sleep with my daughter,” he said.
According to the father, Eguki passed at the shop, which is about 150Metres from his residence. Eguki, who was drunk, reportedly went straight to the rental where the 10 year old girl was and defiled her.
He says about 10 minutes later the victim came running to the shop accusing the suspect of raping her. The father told court that he immediately ran to the room and found Eguki lying on the bed with his belt and Fly open.
When asked what he had done to the child, he denied doing anything. It is at this time that the father reported the matter to the LC1 Chairperson who advised him to take the minor to a clinic to examination.
The child, who was bleeding, was given first aid before she and her father were referred to Kabalagala police station to report a case. Prosecution led by State Prosecutor, Lydia Mwebaza has asked Court to give the convict a stringent sentence to deter any other person who may want to commit a crime such as defilement.
“We have seen cases of defilement increasing. I beg this honorable court to give him a stringent sentence that can help deter such,” Mwebaze said.