Tuesday September 2 2014

Pakistani rape case: Court to rule whether suspects have a case

By Juliet Kigongo


Court has set September 23 this year to determine whether two men of Pakistan origin should defend themselves against a case of alleged sodomy of a 23yr old Ugandan woman.
Ms Lillian Buchana, the Chief Magistrate of Buganda Road set the date to rule whether Mr Ahamad Shahbaz and Mr Muhammad Wagas have a case to answer or not.

The court decision followed submission by the state attorney, Mr Lino Anguzu to close prosecution case. Court heard from six prosecution witnesses
Mr Anguzu said: “We had come for further hearing of the case, however we have not been able to secure the presence of the last state witness who had emerged during the cross examination of Ms Robina Birungi(prosecution witness), the officer in charge of Kiwatule Police Post. We now close our case.”
The accused persons; Mr Shahbaz and Mr Wagas are facing charges of domestic violence and having sex with a person against the order of nature.
Particulars of the offence indicate that Mr Shahbaz, Mr Wagas along with Mr Zaheer Muhammed and Mr Sadiq Muhammad, who are still at large, performed a sexual act against the order of nature and committed gang-rape to the prejudice of a 23-year-old woman.

Earlier on court heard from Dr Emmanuel Nuwamanya, a Police surgeon based at Nsambya Police Headquarters that the victim was sexually abused and had virginal bleedings when he examined her on October 1.
The victim, who was also the principle State witness told court that on the fateful day, the suspects came back from work with three other people, locked her up in the room before they raped her.
“They asked me for drinking water but when I came back, I found them in their bedroom. They asked me deliver the water there. I entered their bed room with the water but as I was leaving, one of the five suspects locked the door in my face before they all forced me on the bed and sodomised me,” she said and added, “I tried to make an alarm but in vain.”

She said that it happened three times in the same month. However, she reportedly managed to escape when two of the suspects guarding her; Sahil and Moze were asleep.