Friday June 20 2014

Man jailed 17 years for infecting minor with HIV

By Gertrude Mutyaba

Masaka- Masaka High Court has sentenced a man to 17 years in prison for defiling and infecting a minor with HIV/Aids.

Court presided over by Justice Margaret Oumo Oguli heard that on March 16, 2011 in Bugoma village, Kalangala District, at around 7:30pm, John Ssalongo Kalega, 35, attacked the victim as she slept.

According to prosecution, as the victim lay in bed, someone entered the house and defiled her.

She said as she struggled to free herself, she came to know the victim as Kalega because she was quite familiar with his voice and there was sufficient light in the room.

He reportedly ran away but the victim told her mother about the incident, leading to Kalega’s arrest.
Prosecution further told court that the doctor’s report had indicated that the victim’s private parts showed signs of penetration and that when the convict was tested, he was found to be HIV positive.

He requested court to give him the maximum punishment to teach others a lesson, especially for infecting an innocent person with HIV.

However, defense lawyer Herbert Zikusooka told court that prosecution had failed to prove that Kalegga committed the crime since the incident took place at night inside a room where it was dark.

However, basing on the testimonies of four other witnesses, Justice Oguli sentenced Kalegga.